Archives make the future. Editors Boris Jardine and Christopher Kelty explore how archives govern us
Finn Brunton goes inside the Bitcoin blockchain to explore the weirdly meticulous collective archive, and how it might someday govern us.
How do you plan for the sudden onset of total war? Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff describe the construction of a vast collection of data about the vital, vulnerable systems of every nation in the world in the aftermath of World War II.
Google wanted to digitize all the world’s books but eventually abandoned that goal. Mary Murrell explores the rise and fall of one utopian library project and the emergence of new ones in its wake.
Lawrence Cohen de-duplicates the complex story of India’s Biometric Archive(s).
Like a cartographic exercise, Julien Prévieux traces the outlines of a completely uchronic parallel future, not without wit.
What kind of people will we become if we keep trying to archive everything? Geof Bowker reports from inside the Skinner Box.
How does the Internet forget what it should not remember? Reuben Binns dives inside the rules for Biographies of Living Persons at Wikipedia and the right to be forgotten.
Boris Jardine tells the story of a little ladder intended to tell us what everyone wants. Where on the ladder are you?
Leaders of the Human Genome Project promised a genomic total archive. Jenny Reardon argues that their quest inspired visions of freedom and imprisonment vital to understanding today’s ambivalences around open genomic data.
Jenny Bangham explains how the attempt to create a supply of all possible types of human blood gave rise to genetic diversity research in the 20th century.
Aleph or Library? Work from the Artist Collective UA explores whether art can be an archive, or an archive art.
Rebecca Lemov relates how the stories in the a “database of dreams” leak out of the edges, and sometimes overwhelm totality with particularity.
Branwyn Poleykett, Nicholas HA Evans and Lukas Engelmann are rethinking the role of the visual in the creation of a total archive of the Third Plague Pandemic.
The total archive is already here, Balázs Bodó finds it hidden in the shadows and run by pirates.
Judith Kaplan explores the possibility of a new GOLD standard for archiving the world’s endangered language data.
Ben Outhwaite tells the stories of the people who immerse themselves in one of the most valuable total archives in existence—the Cairo Genizah.
Vadig de Croehling, Director of Ideation, Process, and Interface at the Group for Research on Experimental Accumulation and Speculative Archives (REASArch), offers a sampling of elements from one of his organization’s most inscrutable archival projects.
Alan Lomax wanted to catalogue all human movement. Whitney Laemmli explores the high modern utopianism of the Choreometrics project.
How can we work with vast digital collections? Artist Fabienne Hess explores the content and scale of an online image database
What does a perfectly random archive look like? Finn Brunton explains.