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The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy

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The typewriter, the card index, and the filing cabinet: these are technologies and modalities of the archive. To the bureaucrat, archives contain little more than garbage, paperwork no longer needed; to the historian, on the other hand, the archive's content stands as a quasi-objective correlative of the "living" past. Twentieth-century art made use of the archive in a var ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by MIT Press (MA)
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Gyewon
Nov 20, 2010 Gyewon rated it liked it
Rodchenko put in his essay titled "Against the Synthetic Portrait, for the Snapshot" (1928) that:
"The best medium for a monument to Lenin would be a papka, an office file, filled with photographic snapshots and other bureaucratic records from Lenin's file"

I know Rodchenko was one of the most genius artists in that era, but he was much more brilliant than I thought. He brought in "monumental files" of Lenin, comprised of the newspaper, the catalogue of articles, brochures and directories; and he
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