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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


Participating lecturers

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin: Be Furious You Are Going to Die

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions including The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Galleries, Apexart, The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. Broomberg & Chanarin are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2013 they were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for War Primer 2, and most recently they were awarded the ICP Infinity Award 2014 for their publication, Holy Bible.


Jessica Bushey: Exploring Social Media Platforms as Archives: Unintended Consequences

Jessica Bushey is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Library, Archives and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her dissertation, Trustworthiness of Digital Images in Social Media Platforms (working title) is supported by a two-year Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral award. Bushey has published a number of articles on contemporary photographic practice in the context of archival preservation, specifically the concepts of authenticity, reliability and accuracy in the digital environment. Recent publications include Archives & Manuscripts v.42 (2014) and The Photograph and the Collection (2013). As a photo-based artist, Bushey has participated in solo and group exhibitions.


Peter Piller: Advantages of the Unintentional

Peter Piller is a German artist who gives photographs from newspapers and archives a second lease of life. What is perceived as boring or monotonous at first glance proves to be a treasure trove that contains undiscovered relationships and exciting meanings.

Peter Piller was born in Fritzlar in 1968. He studied German language and literature and trained as a visual artist. The artist has been working on his Archiv Peter Piller since 1998: it deals with the re-interpretation and the re-presentation of images and archives of images already published in other contexts. His archives to date have been published in eight volumes by Revolver Verlag (Frankfurt am Main).


Leslie SquyresSoft Music and Harsh Bullets

– about the archive of the photographer W. Eugene Smith.

Leslie Squyres is the Director of the Laura Volkerding Study Center for Research and Academic Programs at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson and has worked as an archivist at the Center for twenty-five years. She directs all activities in the Volkerding Study Center where scholars compare and study rare books, fine print photographs, and archival collections. In addition, she shares in responsibility for the acquisition of archives that document the history of photography. She has been responsible for arrangement and description of several major Center archives including Ansel Adams, Josef Breitenbach, John Gutmann, Willard Van Dyke, and Garry Winogrand. Leslie Squyres has been certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists since 1992.


paula roush: The Found Photo Foundation

paula roush (PR) is an artist and lecturer of Art & Media at the London South Bank University and the University of Westminster (London, UK). PR’s works include A Field of Interconnected realities (2010-2013) a gendered genealogy of collage, and the ongoing project Found Photo Foundation about the archiving and publishing of orphan photography. Her books include A field (of interconnected realities) or The week of mash-up goodness (Roman), Queer paper gardens or the Wildlife of symbols, The past persists in the present in the form of a dream (participatory architectures, archive and revolution) and Paintball Field.



Tyrone Martinsson: Into the Archives, Out of the Archives

Tyrone Martinsson is a researcher in photography and head of research at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. His subject of research is: Photography and Environment.


This symposium is part of the Gothenburg International Photography Symposium series, a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the Hasselblad Foundation. Organizers are: Hans Hedberg, Gunilla Knape, Tyrone Martinsson and Louise Wolthers.

For more information and questions, please contact Hans Hedberg: hans.hedberg@akademinvaland.gu.se