Panel Discussion as part of the event series Archiving Presents
For its weeklong presentation at alpha nova & galerie futura, DESKTOP ARCHIVES will meditate on ARCHIVING PRESENTS amidst the new conditions brought on by the global health crisis.
On Thursday February 10th, a panel discussion “(Counter)archiving a Circulating Image” will take place with artist presentation by Oraib Toukan and Olia Sosnovskaya following a panel discussion moderated by Vanessa Gravenor. Toukan will screen excerpts from her video essay When Things Occur (2016) that reflects on the image economy of photographs of gaza inhabitants after the 2014 Israeli attacks. Zooming in to the molecular layer of the digital photographic image, this work deepens an understanding of viewing suffering “at a distance” as well as the capitalist consumptive economy of violence. Olia Sosnovskaya will also present her video Counterattack (2020) that edited citizen documentation of the protests surrounding the presidential election in Belarus in the fall of 2020. Sosnovskaya will discuss her draw to remix these urgent images to Arkadiy Kots’s performance of Wladyslaw Szlengel’s poem on the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943, from a distance in the double exile between lockdowns. Both of these works uncover the tension between the digital and analogue in new archival forms.
Find more information about the event series here
DESKTOP ARCHIVES is an online publishing initiative and series of artists talks that uses the internet as its first site to reach audiences. This platform is a living archive and launched its first issue in June 2021 and second issue in November 2021 and concludes in February 2022. Since its launch, the platform has showcased responses around the following prompt: what are you archiving from this time and how has the pandemic changed your thinking about proximity, relationality, conversation, and the archival tools themselves. https://desktoparchives.info/