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Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

Imaginary Property INTERVENTIONS


Guest: Eyal Sivan on "The common archive"

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Intervention #2 has been delivered by filmmaker Eyal Sivan. He presents "Towards a common archives: Manipulating the enemies images". Eyal Sivan is a London based filmmaker, producer, essayist and research professor in media production at the school of social sciences, media and cultural studies at the University of East London (UEL). Sivan directed more then 10 worldwide awarded feature-length political documentaries and produced many others.

He is the founder and Chief Editor of 'Cinema South Notebooks' in Israel - a journal of cinema and Political critic, editor at the Paris based publishing house ‘La Fabrique’ and member of the editorial board and columnist at the French social studies journal 'De l'autre Côté'. Among Sivan’s films: Aqabat-Jaber (1987 & 1994); Izkor, Slaves of Memory (1991); The Specialist (1999); Route 181, fragments of a journey in Palestine-Israel (with Michel Khleifi 2003); Aus Liebe zum Volk / I Love You all (2004 with Audrey Murion). Currently he is finishing his film "Jaffa-story of a brand name".

As violence becomes more reasoned, as nationhood becomes more "global", as the artifacts of memory become more manipulable, and as their manufacture and dissemination becomes more ubiquitous –research and theory in this field find themselves in constant lag of its ever-changing objects.

As memory and trauma study literature and research grows in acceleration, so grows the need for a robust theoretical paradigm for social memory research. Such a paradigm does not exist today. Most memory research does not extend comparatively beyond particular geographies, historical periods and events. In the absence of a widely agreed theoretical paradigm, most theoretical work done today on memory and trauma falls within either one of two categories: either it is highly event-specific, remaining too close to empirical ground level, or it is highly philosophical and speculative, leaving actual research far below its scope.

The wider task envisioned by the project is to theorize the fundamental notion of Archive in such a manner as to provide a historiographic paradigm both for the empirical recording of historical narrative data and wide perspective theory building.

Building on notions such as Foucault's Status de Verite, Derrida's Anarchive and Jean Piaget's Constancy and Conservation, we wish to forge the Common Archive - a new archive format dedicated to bridging dissociated, conflictual, or historically dispersed or geographically distant historical narratives.

The Common Archive concept also aims to challenge and transcend the binary oppositions constraining the structure of the traditional archive as such, e.g. victims/perpetrators, dominating/domineer, male/female, manager/employee, colonizer/colonized in order to propose ways of creating common narratives, acknowledging that such a combination is the base for future narrative and therefore a condition for a true understanding of any conflict and further of potentially bridging conflicts.

Going further than a mere new theoretical concept, the wider context of this project aims to create a suitable methodology for constructing Common Archives, as well as specifying the technical requirements for what we term a Common Archive Data Architecture.