Anarchic Infrastructures

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Anarcheology  articulates an important moment within the practices of many artists whose gesture cannot be reduced to excavating forgotten fragments or fixing the omissions of history. The gesture of displacing a variety of objects, operations and images that belong to the broader fields of anthropology, archeology, or industrial history into the field of art articulates another level of visibility. The visibility of an infrastructure. My analysis borrows a particular understanding of anarchy as related to the conjunction between techne and arche, between technology and origins. Understood in this philosophical context anarchy would be “action without a goal” or origin. Each chapter captures a tendency, or a distinct interest demonstrated by artists in their practices – the return to analog film and photography, the archival, and the interest in writing histories through and with images.

The research is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund