Name, first nameMiji NohYear of birth1985UniversityECALField of Interest / research fieldDesign Research and ReflectionTitle of projectFrom Collection, Archive to [Re]Creation.AbstractA short narrative essay on visiting the universe of collections, archives, indexing and cataloging methods throughout the past – present – future, in a parallel relationship with our research cultures of art and design.

Collection can be made and archived through a certain type of organising method - to stay ordered, become useful for public and provide information to the people that could regenerate the context and create new things. In this context, archive could also mean, an everlasting, tangible and also intangible bridge through the past - present - future, always there for us. Jacques Derrida rightly argues that the archive “opens out the future” and never ends, even if it was long ago left to us as an encapsulated unit, because: “ The archivist produces more archive, and that is why the archive is never closed.”

In one’s collection or archive - collected materials mixed in a certain arrangement consisted with visuals and tangibles, fine curation and lastly, subjective memory / narrative take important roles to complete the whole term and condition. In my point of view, from personal, small scale to large institution or organization in the context of collection and archive, it shares the same principle.

Owning, collecting, archiving, indexing, labelling, foldering, cataloging and categorizing - either it is related with micro daily routine ; such as arranging your salt, pepper, paprika powder and etc. in a certain order on your kitchen shelves, or a macro subject such as constructing an architecture of your past artworks for a gallery with curating manner, and from personal petty collection to prestigious library, there comes one singular pattern as the principle and also the conclusion.

“Collect - Archive - (Re)Creation.”

Paul Valery once said; “Two dangers threaten the universe : order and disorder.” - from La Crise de l’Esprit(1919). I believe that any absolute, and at the same time, extreme principle certainly can not become an applicable tool to create a lineal performance on how we could carry our growing legacy in life, including art and design culture - in an universal aspect. We are living in an fast-phased advanced age with ever-blasting and blooming creations of new archetype of things born in every seconds, in need for another up-to-date form of archiving and re-producing new knowledge. Every existing matter on this planet is now maybe going through the phase of getting converted into ‘Physital’ state in some ways. But there can be strict orders and liberal chaos - coexisting in a fine grey zone - and in certain fields of areas such as, of course in science but also in literature, fine art and design research per say, that could own both values in parallel. For now and the future, I strongly weigh my view that the way the universe and the subordinates arranged should be transparent, fluid, superfluous and become more independent and subjective as well.

In this memoire research it is my aim to find a very subjective archive method around us and as well as institutions supporting the creative activity, with a very subjective system that helps to create unique possibilities to uncover the unknown, undefined, undiscovered territories of archived materials and what or how a user can make a use of the findings. This way a user could become a curator him/herself mix n’ matching and pairing up information that can only come from the very own individual’s mind and produce next level stimulations, references and marks.

In conclusion, our history of art, design, culture and its legacy exists - heavily dependant on and derives from documentations, collections, archiving and indexing methods from the birth momentum within the historical frame of human kind. So then, how does a collection start ? Why? From a personal interest, story, motivation, organization ? How does it stay alive and gets enriched ? Furthermore, what is the future of the new advanced collection and archiving methods? Moreover, what is its physital aspect to have positive influence and effect our next generation ?

This research will explore and investigate notable examples and figures regarding the subject of collection and its results, t presenting the status quo and deliver a suggestive theory for the coming future cases.
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From Collection, Archive to [Re]Creation.From Collection, Archive to [Re]Creation.From Collection, Archive to [Re]Creation.