What is an Archive?
What is an Archive?
Instructor: Claudia Sohrens
Dates: 5 Wednesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: 67 West Street, Greenpoint/Brooklyn & a series of field trips locations TBA
Description: Journalism has been described as the first rough draft of history and yet the same assessment could be made about the archive. What the archive contains is raw material for constructing everything from historical narratives and fictional encounters to informed public policies.
In this course students will enrich current work or begin a new project that evolves around found and collected materials that come from flea markets, personal archives, family albums, official state archives, as well as online archives; including text, notations, drawings and press notes. They are encouraged to use any type of documentation devices for their projects including SLRs, cell phones, and scanners.
A series of field trips to a variety of NY archives will help students to get inspired and learn how to gain access to a wide range of materials and discuss the process of information gathering and organizing.
Needed for workshop: Please bring physical objects such as old photos or albums, ephemeral, or other unusual collections of small objects, etc.
Available seats: 8
Minimum seats: 6
We reserve the right to cancel the class if we do not have the minimum number of students. If we cancel, we will refund you in full and notify you.
Refunds: Absolutely no refunds once class is purchased unless minimum seating is not met.
*image 2: Source Material for "STONED MOON DRAWING", 1969 at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
*picture 3: Source Material for "REELS", 1968: Bonnie & Clyde Film Stills at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
*image 4: Cartes-de-visite from the Daniel Cowin Collection of African American History at ICP’s Collections at Mana
*image 5: David Wojnarovicz: Arthur Rimbaud in New York (original Mask) at Fales Library/ Downtown Collections
*image 6: NY Time Press Image Archive (“The Morgue”), original retouching