The Big Archive: Art From Bureaucracy

Greetings from Pascagoula, MS.

This book recently became available from MIT Press and it looks to be a great resource. It looks especially well suited for those of you that utilize image archives to drive your work. Andrew, the book apparently delves into the relationship between archives and the telegraph (in addition to other media).

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5 responses to “The Big Archive: Art From Bureaucracy

  1. Good to know about.

    Looks like it includes a lot of the ultra-trendy usual suspects (Richter, Warhol) but I’m glad to see that Hans-Peter Feldmann also makes the cut.

    I hope to return to HPF’s work again at some point – or perhaps one of you will pick him up as the subject of a short text for the upcoming assignment on a collecting practice. I don’t think the selection I showed in class last monday did justice to his image and book-based works, and it certainly didn’t begin to cover the range of his practice. We need more time to look at everything!

  2. So many books, so little time. I recently ran across a review of Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire, Ken Hillis and Michael Petit with Nathan Scott Epley (eds), New York: Routledge, 2006.

    http://www.routledge-ny.com/books/Everyday-eBay-isbn9780415974356

    Instead of being a how-to book (there’s lot’s of those) Everyday Ebay is a collection of scholarly essays on collecting and other aspects of eBay culture.

    From a review by Daphne R. Raban, New Media Society, June 2008; 10; 540:

    “The book describes a wide range of specific products traded on eBay, mainly for the purpose of collecting,and includes authors’ descriptions of the trades – from old watches and radios through cartes-de-visite to vintage clothing. Much of this is written in the first person, as when William Gibson, the author of the first essay in the book, recounts his frustration on discovering that he was competing bids with a bot.The anecdotal approach yields narratives
    about a grilled-cheese sandwich bearing the apparent face of the Virgin Mary, which sold for $28,000, and the man who sold his ex-wife’s wedding gown by modelling it himself, hairy arms and all.”

  3. dilettanteventures

    Andrew –

    Maybe you have discovered that one of your readings for this week is from Everyday eBay (the vintage radio piece).

  4. Heh heh nope I didn’t. To self ~ “duh”.

  5. Much of the rest of the book is definitely worth checking out as it charts many ways eBay has changed over its 10+ years.

    The list of items that are forbidden to sell on eBay is always a fascinating read.
    http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/items-ov.html
    No human body parts and remains… or Teacher’s edition textbooks!

    We’ll talk about eBay in general in class a bit today.

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