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Order and Collapse – The Lives Of Archives

Order and collapse

Order and Collapse – The Lives Of Archives
Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Leslie Squyres, Jessica Bushey, Tyrone Martinsson, paula roush and Peter Piller
Art and Theory Publishing


192 pages
240×220 mm
ISBN 9789188031020


The normative order and authoritarian use of conventional archives has long been criticised. This volume investigates the digitally informed transformation and multiplication of archives today, in conjunction with the increase in both accessibility and the amount of data produced, stored, and circulated. Despite improved search capabilities, documents, photographs, and other images are in danger of vanishing. Yet new knowledge, connotations, and materialities are also emerging. Through various texts and artworks, a selection of contemporary artistic and research-based approaches to existing archives, the act of collecting images, and creating new archives is represented.

Art and Theory Publishing is a publishing house dedicated to quality books on contemporary art, photography and aesthetics.

About the Contributor(s):
Adam Broomberg (born 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971) are artists living and working in London. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions. Broomberg and Chanarin founded the imprint Chopped Liver Press to publish and sell their own books as well as those by other artists. Broomberg was born in 1970, in Johannesburg, South Africa and Chanarin was born in 1971, in London.

Leslie Squyres, Archivist and Head of Research Services, at the Center for Creative Photography, manages all activities of the Laura Volkerding Study Center and supports research in the Center’s archives, library and print collections. During her over twenty years at the Center, she has arranged and described several major archives including the Garry Winogrand Archive.

Jessica Bushey is a Records and Archives Professional with expertise in developing recordkeeping frameworks for managing and preserving audio-visual materials. She brings a creative and collaborative approach to her consulting work and program management. She has worked with international organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and individuals. As an educator, she teaches courses at the University of Victoria and the University British Columbia (Canada) on managing and preserving archival materials in museums; characteristics of audiovisual and non-textual archives; and emerging technologies for archival management and preservation.

Tyrone Martinsson is currently pursuing research on the history of photography and the photography of today in relation to environmental and landscape photography. His particular interest is in how photographic images can be used in human/environment relationships – and how our view of nature and landscape changes over time.

paula roush is a photographer, artist and founder of msdm, a micro-publishing platform for photobookworks. Her work, nothing to undo, which deals with questions of migration and diaspora, won the 2015 Sheffield International Artist’s Book prize and is part of several artists’ books collections. Bus-Spotting + A Story, which explores the relationship between found photography and narrative, was shortlisted for the 2016 Arles Photo-Text Award, in 2016.

Peter Piller (born January 5, 1968 in Fritzlar) is a contemporary German artist. In addition to his own drawings and photographs, his archive Peter Piller , whose pictures he compiles in thematic series, is characteristic of his artistic work.

About the Publisher:
Art and Theory Publishing,
a publishing house dedicated to quality books on contemporary art, photography and aesthetics. The focus is on creating exceptional publications that unify content, appealing book design with relevant and inspired texts.