The Suspicious Archive: A Prejudiced Interpretation of the Interpretation of Archives, Part I | e-flux

An archive is a non-random collection of things, or the place where such a collection resides. The concept of non-randomness or purposiveness implies that archivists have a reason for archiving—that an archive is a meaningful project with a set of goals. It is possible to generate an archive by accident, so long as some party in the future can attribute meaning to this accidental collection of things.

Source: The Suspicious Archive: A Prejudiced Interpretation of the Interpretation of Archives, Part I | e-flux

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