Packrats and Bureaucrats: Study in the Archive

Organizer: Sven Spieker. Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara, February 5-6, 2001. The phenomenon of collecting, in various institutional contexts, has generated enormous scholarly interest across a variety of disciplines in recent years, especially in philosophy, mediastudies, and in art history. Despite this interest, the archive, its specific histories and media or institutional contexts are all too often taken for granted, insufficiently contextualized, or assumed to cover any activity of collecting. Archives are not, or not simply, collections, and their historical specificity, means of storage, and reproductive (mnemonic) strategies have to be carefully evaluated. Held in conjunction with Ilya Kabakov's residence at UCSB.