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International  Photography Symposium at the University of Gothenburg in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation
Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives

Date: 15 – 16 October 2014

Place: Glashuset, Valand Academy, Chalmersgatan 4, entrance from the courtyard

The recent understanding of archives – national archives, in particular – has focussed on their relation to power, to the authorities’ privilege of discourse and self-image. No language, no histories and no archives are neutral. In the tradition of Michel Foucault, thinkers and artists have brought forward a range of narratives that have been silenced, hidden or ignored in the established archives. At the same time, our archives are currently rapidly growing and multiplying. The sheer amount of recorded events is problematic. The National Archives of France, for instance, now stretches over 406.000 running meter. In spite of advanced searching tools, documents are in danger of oblivion and decay. They lose their context and meaning, both as objects and as signs.

The symposium Order and Collapse unfolds between these two poles.     

Wednesday 15 October 10.30 – 16.30

10.30 – 11.00 Welcome and introduction

11.00 – 12.00 Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin Be Furious You Are Going to Die

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 – 14.00 Jessica Bushey Exploring Social Media Platforms as Archives: Unintended Consequences

14.00 – 15.00 Peter Piller Advantages of the unintentional

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 16.30 Questions and discussion


Thursday 16 October 9.00 – 13.00

09.00 – 10.00 Leslie Squyres Soft Music and Harsh Bullets (about the archive of the photographer W. Eugene Smith)

10.00 – 11.00 Paula Roush The Found Photo Foundation

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 12.00 Tyrone Martinsson Into the Archives, Out of the Archives

12.00 – 13.00 Summary and concluding discussion


Arrangemanget är en del av Hasselbladstiftelsens och Göteborgs Universitets internationella fotografiska symposium och forskning. Organisatörer är Hans Hedberg, Gunilla Knape, Tyrone Martinsson och Louise Wolthers. För ytterligare information eller frågor, kontakta Hans Hedberg,  hans.hedberg@akademinvaland.gu.se