The life of an archival object – Christopher Squier

By Christopher Squier While working on this project, my thought processes have adapted from thinking specifically about the loss of vision and hearing, as described in the archive letters, to looking at forms of decay and degradation on the photographs themselves: weather marks and natural acids that have created colorful ‘blooms,’ like nebulas or fireworks […]

Exploring the EAC photo archive and its associations – Christopher Squier

By Christopher Squier Throughout the research and experimentation phase of the project, I made a selection of a number of photographs that have inspired me. I’ve been considering a photograph of a snake—an image I like for the way the snake seems to be slithering from the area of focus in the photograph out to […]

Collecting stories – Thomas Nondh Jansen

Whilst browsing through the collected stories of the archive, and doing further research, I felt a sort of longing. Although I could not describe it, it was tangible; a longing for their children and grand-children, loved ones and the world they left behind. I started wondering what home means and what it means to be ‘far away’. One […]

Required Fields: A short history of Pulau Kemaro island – Natalie McIlroy

Since my last post I have spent time researching the history of Palau Kemaro, a small island near Palembang in South Sumatra. This was where the donor of my chosen collection lived as a girl. It is a small island but one of historical and touristic significance. Today it is a place where tourists go […]

Artefact #1: A New Found Tradition – Janne van Gilst

Artefact #1, first sketch, © Janne van Gilst First and foremost: great news! Through my last blog post I got in contact with the Dutch magazine ‘Archievenblad’, which specialises in writing about, and for, all kinds of national Dutch archives. They were very interested in the ‘Saudade’ project and are publishing an article in their […]

The Matter of Time-Kevin Andrew Morris

Working within archival and heritage based projects has been central to my current work and development. My most recent work engages with concepts of craft, material and place, motivated by an investigation of my own family heritage and material culture. Using research into the life of my grandfather (a fishing Ghillie in Aberdeenshire) I feel […]