In archives, historical and contemporary ways of seeing the world condense, collide and overlap. It is here that utopias and realities from different eras meet and shape the thinking, acting, and living in the present. The collaborative research initiative, The Whole Life: An Archive Project, asks what roles the archive and its objects play in the major transformations of current times, and what this means in turn for the structure of the archive, its users, its technologies, and its forms of knowledge production.
Archives can be read as networks of sociality with the potential to draw connections between interdisciplinary research, social practices, cultural life, and local infrastructures. How do they create and delete relations between commons and canons and which analytical tools for a critical reading of political and economic power structures arise from this?
The Whole Life: An Archive Project is a collaboration between Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art / Archive außer sich, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Pina Bausch Foundation and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD).