Reimagination of the Archive
Our fanzine reimagination, “Touching the Archive”, is presented as a museum/art exhibit showing a multitude of fingerprints representing the circulation of zines around their communities. The zine on handmade cotton pulp paper, and ink fingerprints were added. and Shan We assembled each page on the “gallery” wall, reading from left to right, and added a museum label and caption.
Placing materiality and interaction back into the archive was our main intention with this reimagination. By creating an exhibit that essentially archives materiality and interaction it points to the fact that these characteristics are often lost when you decide to archive something. In my opinion, when these losses are an integral aspect of the object being archived, here a zine, the archive fundamentally fails at its intent to preserve.