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How can we maintain what we care about? Collaborative archiving strategies for the Old Boys Network

Friday, 23 April 2021, 18:00
Online talk
Via video conference (zoom): https://zoom.us/j/91882503983

Inputs and subsequent discussion with Dušan Barok, Mela Dávial-Freire, Michael Hiltbrunner and Laurence Rassel introduced and moderated by Cornelia Sollfrank.
The Old Boys Network described itself as »the first international cyberfeminist alliance.« Founded in 1997, the connecting element of the network was the term ›cyberfeminism‹. The formulated concern of the organization was »to create spaces in which cyberfeminists can research, experiment, communicate and act. Such spaces include virtual ones such as the cyberfeminist server and the mailing list as well as temporary meetings such as workshops and international conferences. All the activities have the purpose of providing a contextualized presence for different artistic, theoretical and political formulations related to cyberfeminism. At times mysterious, at times transparent, OBN is setting an agenda for communication, intervention and production«. (https://obn.org/) A group of enthusiasts is currently working to create a living archive of this self-organization work, making its experiences accessible to subsequent groups.

The guests of the event all have practical experience in building archives, archives within large or small institutions, independent archives or archives at the interface of institutions and activist/self-organized groups. Referring to specific projects, the discussion will address questions of objectivity, sustainability, scale ans licensing.

The event series Networks of Care creates a platform for the exchange of ideas on how to preserve temporary, ephemeral, project-based or collective practices. What strategies can transmit embodied knowledge? This will be discussed specifically in regard to political, ethical and economic implications of different forms of preservation beyond the standardization through existing preservation conventions. The goal is to develop models for the institutional and cultural-political handling of im/material cultural artifacts, based on a need for analysis, among other things.
nGbK project group: Nanne Buurman, Friederike Schäfer, Anna Schäffler, Cornelia Sollfrank, Antje Weitzel