Active Archives

Research and development of free software archive tools in collaboration with cultural institutions.

Constant has a long history in working with and reflecting on memory, forgetting, preserving and disclosure. The current challenge is in connecting digital archives with open standards on one side and working with web 2.0 indexation systems on the other, keeping in mind that privacy is a priority and ’not indexing’ is not an option.

The archives of cultural institutions are rich in material, they manifest different archiving techniques and specific characteristics, they often share features and problems with colleague-institutes, such as for example: How do you categorize? Who is author or collaborator? Are collaborators writers or protagonists with a different role?

Related events

Dataradio @ Variable

In the framework of the Data Radio project, Michael and Nicolas organize a live listening session of the Kurenniemi audiocassette’s archive. They will be joined by Yves Poliart and other (...)

Data Radio: Erkki Kurenniemi (in 2048)

Constant members Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé present a project that investigates the vast body of material generated by Finnish artist, nuclear scientist, futurologist and technology (...)

Talk and open workshop session, Online Archive: Erkki Kurenniemi (In 2048)

For the past few months, Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé have been running a series of experiments with a subset of the archive of Erkki Kurenniemi, artists and technology pioneer who (...)

Online Archive: Erkki Kurenniemi (In 2048)

For Documenta 13 Constantmembers Nicolas Malevé and Michael Murtaugh are developing a series of experiments in connection with the archive of Erkki Kurenniemi, the Finnish artist and technology (...)

AA Videowiki presentation in Archipel conference

In the framework of the digitalisation project ’Archipel’ Constant developed the ’Active Archives Videowiki’ in collaboration with BAM. During the closure event of the Archipel project Michael (...)

Expanded Publications #10: Oral Site

Sneak preview by Sarma & Constant Oral Site is a new open source software and website that Myriam Van Imschoot develops with a team of programmers, writers and sound specialists of Sarma, (...)

Tagging Matters: Kitchentable presentaties

Tagging Matters explores the writerly work of tagging in relation to ideas behind the Semantic Web. Active Archives started on the principle of "we are no islands", looking for ways of linking (...)

Shared Memory

Lecture in the context of Shared Memory, a series on the various aspects of knowledge production and usage (Femke).

Active Taxonomies

The Active Archive team presents their ongoing work at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. The meeting with several other Spanish cultural institutions is organised in the context of Arts combinatóries, a (...)

Open Archives, Active Archives?

An evening with Ronny Heiremans & Katleen Vermeir In dialogue with artists represented in the Argos collection, Constant interrogates the active potential of the online media archive. Mixing (...)