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Lexicon for an Affective Archive

To study an archive or archival materials is to encounter an affective and critical practice involved in the construction of memory. Lexicon for an Affective Archive, edited by Giulia Palladini and Marco Pustianaz, is an international collection of these encounters, offering glimpses into the intimate relations inherent in finding, remembering (or imagining), and creating an archive. Bringing together voices from a variety of fields across the humanities, performance studies, and contemporary art, and engaging in a multidisciplinary analysis, this beautifully designed and fully illustrated volume advances the idea of an “affective archive” as a useful conceptual tool—a tool which contributes to an understanding of an expanded notion of an archive and its central role in contemporary visual and performing arts.
A co-publication with NInA and Live Art Development Agency.

212 pages | 35 color plates | 7 x 9 | © 2017


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"This beautiful compilation, which appeals to the senses like an exhibition catalog, invites the reader to engage with multiple reflections on specific archives, to think critically and holistically about the field of archiving, and to contemplate the monograph in itself as an affective archive (i.e., an endless process of memory-making). Interdisciplinary, multinational, multilingual, and multicultural, each of the work's distinguished contributing authors was asked to provide an entry or visual intervention that, to them, represents a particular archive, and to assign one word that sums up its affective core. Together, the entries that make up this lexicon show that the vocabulary of archiving is anything but definitive or prescriptive—it is personal, contextual, and variable. Blank space is also provided in the volume, inviting readers to record their own thoughts and functioning as an impetus to make them notice the impact of their own process of archiving or recording memories. This printing of the English edition is the product of the project's curators Palladini and Pustianaz, and is based on the original 2015 publication, Leksykon Archiwum Afektywnego, edited in part by Katarzyna Tórz, head of programming at the Polish Audiovisual Institute. Highly Recommended."


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