The spread of digital technology and social network interactions have transformed the recording and accumulation of images in a collective and daily activity. The potential of archiving videos and visual images has seen the emergence of non-institutional practices and as well contemporary discussions related to image, open source, collectivity, and forensics. Publishing architecture has stopped to be the terrain of canonical experts, which hardly react to the current state of the art and the myriad nuances of architectural practices nowadays.
The Workshop ‘A Thousand of Fragile Archives’ will reflect on the kind of the information we share, and the value given to the data we finally keep and guard. Attendees are asked to bring five JPEG images and their corresponded captions, with the solely condition of being what they consider their most valuable archives, in order to build a collective portrait of architecture and design examples corresponding to Kosovo and the rest of Balkan region.
The Workshop will reflect on the ephemerality of the devices and formats we use to keep information, and the tools we rely on to reproduce it. Images can be owned by the workshop attendees or correspond to some other person or institution, irrespective of its rights of reproduction. The workshop working tool will have an active agency in intervening and modifying the result, which can take the form of a printed or digital format, perpetuating the fragility of its nature.
-Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops with the following working material: 5 jpeg images of architectural places, pieces or related knowledge.
-5 corresponding captions in TXT format
Working tool / Publish or Perish tool developed by Publishing Lab (Silvio Lorusso and Stef Kors) for DONE-Foto Colectania.
All interested must send a short cv with their contacts as well as any articles they have written on architecture by the 25th of June to email@example.com with the subject “A thousand of fragile archives”.
The working language of the workshop will be english so a good command of the language is required.
dpr-barcelona is an architectural research practice and independent publishing house based in Barcelona, founded by Ethel Baraona Pohl and César Reyes Nájera, dealing with three main lines: publishing, criticism and curating. Their work explore how architecture as discipline reacts in the intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues. Their research and theoretical work is linked to leading publications in architectural discourse and their writing appears in Open Source Architecture(Thames and
Hudson, 2015), The Form of Form(Lars Muller, 2016), Together! The New Architecture of the Collective(Ruby Press, 2017), Architecture is All Over(Columbia Books of Architecture, 2017), Inéditos 2017(La Casa Encendida, 2017), Harvard Design Magazine, ARQ, and Volume, among others. Curators of the third Think Space program with the theme ‘Money’; they have also curated (together with Pelin Tan) the exhibition ‘Adhocracy ATHENS’ at the Onassis Cultural Centre, 2015, winner of the ADI Culture Award 2016. They have lectured and participated on international events and academic institutions, including KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, EBABX Fine Arts School of Bordeaux, Sheffield Hallam University in UK, the Summer Pavilion of Serpentine Gallery in London, the Venice Architecture Biennale, [AUTONOMA]. Towards the Collective City in Athens, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, among many others. They have directed Foros 2017, the architecture lecture series of the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture.
dpr-barcelona understands the book as a space of encounters where the act of publishing becomes a form of cultural, social, and intellectual resistance. For that reason, their publications, both digital and printed, transcend the boundaries of conventional publications, approaching to those which are probably the titles of architecture in the future, exploring the limits between printed matters and new media, transforming traditional publishing practice into a live exchange of knowledge. Their [net]work is a real hub linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory. Since 2016, dpr-barcelonais platform member of Future Architecture, the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers.
Fragile Archives. Captions of KAF and Archifutures Instagram accounts, 2018.