#001 STORAGE SPACE: INSIDE THE ARCHIVE
Welcome to the inaugural exhibition of contemporary art project Archive Space.
'Storage Space: Inside the Archive', a solo show by Angela Welyzycklo will cut the ceremonious ribbon and with good reason: 'Storage Space' dually addresses the concerns of the project Archive Space and a greater shift in the preservation and access to the accumulated knowledge of humanity.
A dramatic shift in the nature of archives is underway: Once these repositories of knowledge were the domain of a select few, such as governments, churches and a handful of other smaller organisations. The archive was prerogative to the few because knowledge was bound to physical format and access was limited, the information was only to be interpreted only by statisticians and scholars.
Recent decades have seen a transformation in the sharing and recording of human knowledge: It has suddenly transformed from a lumbering beast to a somewhat more liquid form.
Knowledge was taken off the page, off the vinyl record, off the roll of film and put into formats where not only could it be interpreted and collated by machines but shared with such dizzying speed across the globe. It suddenly became democratic, which entails openness, accessibility, debatability whilst also open to new problems of accountability.
We now live in an era where grand knowledge is readily available to almost all: anyone with internet access can access sensitive, powerful or influential ideas and data. Conversely, the archive itself is now also a repository for mundane, inconsequential data: The owners of digital archives know what you had for lunch and they know that you’re looking to buy spare bike parts. But this information becomes somewhat important in it’s own mundane way: archives now have influence over your everyday decisions through its delivery of personalised marketing. Search engines and social media now control incredible amounts of personal information.
Another important fixture of our age is that despite the huge amounts of information now available to us, it is just as easily lost as it is created. The archive is now an overwhelmed entity. A recent initiative by the British Library to archive all extant .uk websites is one of the most significant reactions to the liquidity of modern information sharing.
So, as Welyzcko’s work proclaims, we stand at a threshold: the archive is dead! long live the archive! Welyzcko in her photographic series 'Storage Space: Inside the Archive' preserve sthis marvelous moment where archives cross from the physical to the digital and from the institutional to the democratic.
Furthermore, here Archive Space also stands at the threshold, a project that will bring the visual information of a generation of artists into an archive of its own: A record of ideas concerning the here and now. Information that will shape the future and futuresensibilities.