EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST: on digital archival project All Sources Are Broken

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Thinking of ASAB’s interest in obsolescence alongside the thematic frame of “ever elusive” brings to mind the manner in which Espen Aarseth, Principle Researcher at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen, has spoken about hypertext, noting that its main feature “is discontinuity—the sudden displacement of the user’s position in the text.” Labor Neunzehn identifies a similar tendency in its own dealings with orientation and spatiality, engaging “discourse about the space between traditional and new media: on the one hand, the book, which refers to language, and on the other, hypertext, which refers to a complex system of media. Where is the networking function of hyperlinks situated in offline texts?” They explain that it was this “deferred space” they particularly wanted to play with, “the space between offline and online, its delay and decay.

Write up a very interesting exchange I had with Alessandro Massobrio and Valentina Besegher of Atelier Labor Neunzehn, who are behind the sprawling digital archival project All Sources Are Broken, created in playful response to the disjointed and dysfunctional web of sources and citations criss-crossing digital and print realms, for the transmediale journal: https://transmediale.de/content/everything-not-saved-will-be-lost

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