An archive holds an inherent duality. It organizes and categorizes to immortalize, at the same time as it internalizes and hides. A museum is dismantled and finds its terminal storage. A view of the world and its conventional figure is dissolved. The power over our history, and hence our future, lies in how we handle and make use of communal archive systems. An explosive force, created by rearrangements of these archive materials, can displace courses of events, unobtrusive as well as decisive. Consequently, certain collations alter our collective memories, affecting the writing of history as well as power relations.
The book features two essays: “Posthuman. Shadows of Modernity.” by Arno Böhler and “Mal d´Archive. To Mythologize the Past.” by Mattias Winslow.