Digitising Archives

Archives were made so that we could have references to aid us in the future. For example, things we learn are written down and stored. It is important things we decide to keep for future use. But as we are guided through the digital transition, physical archives are visited less and less: why do we even question why our libraries are closing down? Naturally this means that companies and organisation want to digitise their archives so that they can be accessed globally from the comfort of your own arm chair. With the whole world at our fingertips, do we ignore … Continue reading Digitising Archives

The Subversive

sub·ver·sive adj. Intended or serving to subvert, especially intended to overthrow or undermine an established government: “Sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities” (Erica Jong). n. One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion When talking about subversiveness in terms of the creative field, the possibilities are endless. George Rodger was a pioneer in the subversive: choosing not only to avoid the typical propaganda shots of wartime and telling real stories of real people. He didn’t want his ideology twisted by magazines/newspapers and he developed his film just how he wanted. George Rodger went against working as … Continue reading The Subversive

Out of the Archives- Tim Linfield

A short post about a appropriating archives for contemporary art. Visually it appears that artists use collage by means of appropriation. However, Tim Linfield used book archives as the raw material. He encourage people to make their own books from old books. Rewriting the language as it were and questioning the typical structure of a book. The most interesting piece to me however, are the jars of ashes. Ashes of books which were banned. This is such a shocking piece as it is customary to preserve archives and treat them with the utmost care. For example, Titanic artefacts are kept … Continue reading Out of the Archives- Tim Linfield

Contemporary Archive Appropriation Collage

Contemporary archive art? Doesn’t seem legitimate does it? However, it appears that instead of creating bodies of work based on new media, artists are commonly looking toward archive sources to curate and recreate their own work with his own message. One common tool to marry old and new media is using collage. Take John Stezaker, exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in 2012, he uses archive head shots of film stars from magazines clippings and spliced the pieces together. The coupling (marrying) of two opposite gender stars not only indicates Stezaker’s wit, but also portrays his attention to how there was undeniably a ‘Hollywood … Continue reading Contemporary Archive Appropriation Collage


Appropriation is taking someone else’s images and making your own. We change the meaning and the context. I used the images of Melissa Santos which she took over the Christmas season. The photographs on the whole were of how she was socialising with her friends away from University. Similarly there were also many images that were taken from a car, in a similar way to Todd Hido. However, there was this one image of a man looking over a city scape (London) with the low sun which automatically makes me think of winter. How the year closes to an end and … Continue reading Appropriation