Archival Aesthetics (2015)

I was delighted and honored to serve as an invited faculty member in the Princeton-Weimar Summer School on “Archive Futures” at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, in June 2015. The week featured lots of stimulating guest presentations by visiting faculty and some tremendously exciting doctoral student work. I’d be curious to see how all of these students’ dissertations take shape: there’s so much promise! I gave a talk, on our penultimate day, on “Archival Aesthetics.” The first half focused on the aesthetics of the archive: its boxes, shelves, architectural spaces, and digital interfaces; and the second half focused on archival art: art that draws inspiration from the archive (…and that, in the process, represents some degree of diversity in gender, race, and class). You can find my talk and slides here.