Activating the Archive

W21: Valeria Facchin (UK/IT), Delanie Joy Linden (US) and Indrani Saha (US)

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This workshop has a limit number of participants.
Registration deadline for workshops is 24 hours before the workshop starts.

In order to generate new and inclusive narratives for the 21st century, we need to rethink the archival structures where data is stored. Using W21’s data-feminist mission as a starting point, this workshop will challenge the never-evolving nature of the archive and its fixed, discriminating taxonomy. Together, we will discuss: Who or what is presently un-archivable? How can we imagine cultural archives as living, legible, and accessible? What role can artificial intelligence play in restructuring archives to open new worlds?

This workshop is presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport

W21: W21 is a participatory, data-feminist curatorial platform which probes ‘what it means to be a woman in the 21st century?’ W21 aims to subvert patriarchal archival structures and construct a living archive of the ways in which we represent processes of making art in relation to one’s identity as a 21st century woman.
Valeria Facchin (UK/IT): Valeria Facchin is a producer and independent researcher. With a focus on visual studies, biology and AI, her work explores the relationship between bodies, technologies and future ecosystems.
Delanie Joy Linden (US): Delanie Joy Linden is a PhD candidate in art history at MIT. She researches the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art and has long been fascinated by the historical intersections of art, science, and colonialism.
Indrani Saha (US): Indrani Saha is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT. She studies modern art of the United States with a particular interest in histories of abstraction as they intersect with theories of mind, histories of spirituality, and reception theory.