Over the holidays, I read these two books: Rem Koolhaas’ “Preservation Is Overtaking Us” and Jacques Derrida “Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression”. To be honest, the Koolhaas’ text did not satisfy me and gave me more questions rather than answers, while I found the Derrida book quite difficult, and I read several more texts to understand it.
For me the most interesting points that I extracted was:
1. The archive stores a memory but also buries it.
2. The archive is made possible by the death drive.
3. Preservationists are called to reinterpret buildings when preserving them.
Thus, I want to create city, like the ones described by Italo Calvino in Invisible Cities in the chapters Cities&Death, that would archive its buildings, which might be moments from the big drawing, then document them and bury them (two processes of the archive) and then open them again later to reinterpret them.
Plan for the project:
1. Forms of Preservation
a. Original – Copy (Artefact and Reconstruction)
b. Data – Metadata (Original and Record of Original)
2. Focus on the Metadata and the Archive
3. The Archive City