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[Commlist] New Book: (W)archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art

Thu Feb 04 18:56:10 GMT 2021

We are pleased to announce the publication of this new volume on the relation between digital technologies, archiving, and war:

*/(/**/W)archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art/*


*ed. by Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel *


Digital and data technologies are actively transforming the archives of contemporary warfare. Bringing together a range of scholarly perspectives and artistic practices, /(W)archives/ investigates digital archiving as an integral technology of warfare and how artists respond to these changes.

Throughout the book, the (w)archive emerges as a term to grasp the extended materiality of war today, wherein digital archiving intersects with images, bodies, senses, infrastructures, environments, memories, and emotions. The essays explore how this new digital materiality of war reconfigures the archival impulses that have shaped artistic practices over the last decades, and how archives can be mobilized to articulate political demands, conjure new forms of evidence, and make palpable the experience of living with war.

With contributions by: Daniela Agostinho, Heba Y. Amin, Ariella Azoulay, Svea Braunert, Anthony Downey, Sophie Dyer, Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Solveig Gade, Cristián Gomez-Moya, Sofie Lebech, Aimée Zito Lema, Kathrin Maurer, Kevin McSorley, Dima Saber, Oraib Toukan, Sarah Tuck, Louise Wolthers and Arkadi Zaides.

*Table of Contents*

(W)archives: Materialities of War, Digital Archiving and Artistic Engagements

Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel

A. Archiving War. Spatiotemporal Reconfigurations

1. Archives of Enmity and Martial Epistemologies

Kevin McSorley

2. Event Maps. The Cartographic Archive and Imagined Futures of War

Anders Engberg Pedersen

3. The Cerrillos Archive Project. Machines, War, and Nonhuman rights

Cristián Gomez-Moya

B. The Aesthetics of Drone Formations. Counter-archives, Mediations and Interventions

1. Drones as Big Data Archives. Mimesis and Counter-Archiving in Contemporary Art on Military Drones

2. Avian Prophecies and the Techno-Aesthetics of Drone Warfare

Heba Y. Amin and Anthony Downey

3. Watched by Drones. Photographic Surveillance in Art, War, and Protest

A conversation between Svea Braeunert, Sarah Tuck, and Louise Wolthers

C. Sensing War. Technologies, Intimacies, and Bodies

1. Cruel Intimacies

Daniela Agostinho

2. A Probable Female, a Probable Child. Civilian Casualties, Remote Monitoring, and Recognition Work in the Air War against ISIS

Sophie Dyer

3. (Touring)

Oraib Toukan

4. The Subversive Body

Aimée Zito Lema

5. Archives of the Flesh. Reenacting Memories of Torture

Sofie Lebech

D. Evidentiary Aesthetics. Documenting, Witnessing, Redressing

1. The Imperial Conditions of Photography in Palestine. Archives, Looting, and the Figure of the Infiltrator

Ariella Azoulay

2. Necropolis. Walking through a List of Deaths

Arkadi Zaides

3. Forensic (Im)probabilities. Entering Schrödinger's Box with Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl

Solveig Gade

4. Transitional What? Perspectives from Syrian Videographers on YouTube Takedowns and the “Video as Evidence” Ecology

Dima Saber

The book can be ordered at: <>.

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