Reading The Archive

In Reading the Archive the DoR aims to assemble emergent approaches, feedback and response of software developers as much as it invites writers, designers and theoreticians to explore new notions of reading, archiving and publishing. This series consists of eight reading sessions. It proposes to reflect on current forms of institutionalising collective memory and involves the speculation and conclusion towards a new interface, with which the archive of the DoR becomes available.

In which areas does the similitude between archiving and publishing become productive? Which interfaces do combine editorial decisions with the seeming randomness of the websearch? Which narrative patterns derive from the DoRís evolving practice of reading? Can they suggest an interface which opens up new possibilities of reading an archive? Will it be necessary to suspend concepts such as that of navigation, for instance, which dominates our contemporary online culture? Which potentials are revealed by playing with DoRisí (Department of Reading internet system) commands in relation to a narrative access? What spatial conclusions can be drawn from the practice of the DoR, in particular if the DoR furthers a practice, in which the indistinguishability between reading and writing becomes apparent? Does then consulting an archive correlate to writing? Does archiving already mean to publish? Finally, if archives are means for institutionalising cultural memory and thus decisive to and within the foundation of the identity of communities, what are the effects of online technologies and what suggestions might derive from the practice of the DoR in this respect?

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