Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and by Anthony Downey

By Anthony Downey

Information are usually seen as ordered collections of old files that list information regarding humans, locations and occasions. This view however obscures an important element: the archive, while topic to the vagaries of time and historical past, can be taken with choosing the long run. This aspect has received urgency in modern day North Africa and the center East the place the archive has come to the fore as a website of social, historic, theoretical, and political contestation.Dissonant documents is the 1st booklet to contemplate the ways that modern artists from North Africa and the center East―including Emily Jacir, Walid Raad, Jananne Al Ani, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Mariam Ghani, Zineb Sedira, and Akram Zaatari―are using and disrupting the functionality of the archive and, in so doing, also are highlighting a systemic and maybe irrevocable concern in institutional and state-ordained archiving around the quarter.

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This archiving of a specific topographical place is likewise subjected to a more personalized form of remembrance in Amina Menia’s The Golden Age (2011–ongoing), where she tellingly reveals an archival nostalgia for Orientalistinspired images of Algeria in the urban frescoes that dot the city of Algiers. Courtesy of the artist. Courtesy of the artist. This prevalent tradition of artists interrogatively engaging with the archive as an institution, and the ideological contexts they give rise to, is key to Guy Mannes-Abbott’s reflections on the work of Emily Jacir.

The negatives, in their closed chamber, remained more pristine, but are plagued by the aforementioned splices, which need to be marked before any kind of large-scale telecine project can be undertaken. This surplus of unreliable indices has produced some uncertainty about which films now (postbonfire) may exist only as negatives, which may exist only as prints and which may exist as both negatives and prints. Recataloguing will resolve this uncertainty. It also serves to discover which prints may still be useful for soundtrack digitization or circulation of films on film.

Archives, finally, speak to and attempt to prescribe how future generations will understand the constraints of the present and the far from remote petitions of the past. The over-arching sense of the archive that emerges throughout what follows, therefore, and albeit in relation to distinct and disparate modes of production, is the extent to which artists produce their own deliberative and highly speculative vision of the future. Again, the question of art’s relationship to the archive might seem expansive, however such enquiries do reveal a horizon of future possibility upon which art as a practice, perhaps uniquely, seems to not only increasingly orient itself but also seems, as we will now see, amply equipped to engage with.

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