ISSUE 2 | JUNE 2015 | SECRET
THE ARCHIVE COLLECTIVE IS AN ONLINE COMMUNITY AND MAGAZINE THAT PROMOTES STORYTELLING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM, WORDS, AND VISUAL ARTS. ✄
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Archive Collective showcases art with substance. Art that makes you think.
It encourages collaborative storytelling as a global creative community. The creation of a digital bank of images, memories, and reflections. Exploration and narration through different sensory perspectives.
JUNE ISSUE This Month’s Contributers
Daniel Greer | Bela | Zuri Camille de Souza | The Glitchers | Anais Boisleau | Tyler Varsell | Prithvi Hirani | Ronny Matima |Ryan Squire | Michael Wall | Ben Owers | Sharad Kalawar | Amanda Shirlow | Joan Beadle | Espirito Kashi | Rachel England | Marcel Buehler
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Cover Image by MICHAEL WALL
ART, PHOTOGRAPHY WRITING, DESIGH
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HONG KONG DANIEL GREER
HEARING YELLOW THE ARCHIVE COLLECTIVE
ON MY STREET BELA
TELL ME YOUR SECRET PLACE ZURI CAMILLE DE SOUZA
LANDFACES THE GLITCHERS
PLEIN SOLEIL ANAIS BOILEAU
DREAMSCAPES TYLER VARSELL
THE BORDER PRITHVI HIRANI
INTERIORITY RONNY MATIMA
MEMORY RYAN SQUIRE
VARIOUS PROJECTS MICHAEL WALL
THE FLUIDITY OF HAPPINESS BEN OWERS
RECLAMATION SHARAD KALAWAR
MICROSCOPIC WORLDS AMANDA SHIRLOW
NOT EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE IS TRUE JOAN BEADLE
JAKARI ESPIRITO KASHI
Image -Tyler Varsell
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With this issue our aim was to bring together a variety of artists that either loosely or directly addressed the theme of â€œSecrets.â€? !
We were interested in works that dealt with interiority, intimacy, marginality, or enigma. Works that in some way uncovered a mode of being that was ordinarily hidden from every day life. !
From here, our collaborating artists approached the topic in very different ways. Some shed light on secret spaces. Some revealed the self, or the subconscious, as a mystery that could be explored visually through images. Others aimed to celebrate people and lifestyles that are otherwise cloistered from the public gaze. !
Punctuating the individual features are confessions sent in from followers around the world. These pieces are published anonymously, and will remain the little secrets of those who submitted them.
HONG KONG “Hong Kong is a beautifully chaotic urban landscape littered with a sea of pastel towers forty stories tall, infinitely partitioning the volume of a tropical island the size of Manhattan. Even with such a vertical presence, the streets, alleys, and underground metro exist as the sole means of navigation
through the labyrinth of skyscrapers. As a photographer, these twists and turns are what makes shooting here so magical. It’s kind of ironic but its only when the alleys become tighter that these public spaces become intimate, private places and the city truly unfolds in front of you.”!
My work explores the dichotomy of natural and man made landscapes with the intent of revealing the latent power structures shaping modern society. I utilize the same processes, aesthetics, and mediums of mass communications in an attempt to subvert the harmful messages of consumption and self-interest. My intention is to develop a sense of
community through active conversations of complex and controversial topics which Mass Media tends to polarize into convenient directional arguments of right versus wrong, this versus that, yes versus no. By doing so I hope to reshape the ways we experience and understand Mass Culture.!
I utilize the same processes, aesthetics, and mediums of mass communications in an attempt to subvert the harmful messages of consumption and self-interest.
He received a degree in Film from Fairfield University which stressed storytelling as the foundation of all art but also fostered the technical and theoretical functions of the camera. After graduating he trained with Michael Weber, an international architectural photographer, developing strong compositional, spatial, and lighting skills over the course of four years. During this time Daniel travelled to over 30 cities around the world which would not only dictate his subject matter but how he related with the world around him, using the camera as a bridge between what he was experiencing physically and emotionally. Daniel is an original member of the Brooklyn Collage Collective (c.2013) which has recently driven his work away from the camera towards fully analog processes to create paper and multimedia works.!
Daniel is a Brooklyn based fine artist working primarily in photography, paper, and multimedia collage.
Image by RACHEL ENGLAND.
HEARING YELLOW AND OTHER SECRET SENSES THE CYBORG MOVEMENT :Expanding human senses through technology
Neil Harbisson can literally hear your face.
Born with achromatopsia, or total color blindness, Harbisson lived in black and white until his life was transformed ten years ago at a cybernetics seminar, which opened him up to a whole new world of cognitive possibility. He developed a device he calls his “Antenna,” which converts light rays into sound waves and allows him to experience colour in a very different, but very real way- through sound. Then came the slow process of matching the sounds to the taxonomy of socially recognized colors, getting used to the way they sound, and differentiating between the different
gradients and hues. Today, Harbisson can hear and recognize every color available to the human eye, but his perception goes further than that. He can, like birds and dolphins, also hear ultraviolet, and subtleties of shades that are generally unperceivable to the human eye. The creative possibilities of interconnecting human senses, as Harbisson has offered a glimpse into, are endless. Painting portraits through sound. Cooking symphonies. Hearing the sun set.
Synthesesia, the muddling (or union) of senses, has been around for centuries, though it has usually been classified as a developmental disorder rather than an art form. It can manifest in a variety of different ways: there are people who see sound as color, people who feel sounds as emotions, people who taste sound, people who can feel what others around them feel around them using mirror neurons (mirror-touch synthesesia), and the list goes on. As much as it may seem like an unlikely trope from a sci-fi movie, there are scores of talented and widely known artists who are recognized synesthetes and who have used the condition to their creative advantage. Tori Amos. Duke Ellington. Billy Joel. Marilyn Monroe.Vladimir Nabokov.Vincent Van
Gogh. Stevie Wonder. Kanye West.Yup, Kanye West.
But inducing synthesesia artificially, through voluntary cybernetic integration, is a relatively new cultural phenomena. Neil Harbisson founded the Cyborg movement in 2010 along with Moon Ribas, his lifelong friend and creative partner, and together they lead a pioneering group of artists who seek to extend their phenomenological knowledge through the expansion of their human cognitive devices. The movement is conceptually grounded in using technology to create new possibilities of perceptive experience, allowing us to sense and thus know more about the world we live in. Moon Ribas uses a seismic sensor implanted
in her arm that detects earthquakes around the world and inspires her dance choreography. In her solo dance performance “Waiting for Earthquakes,” she increases and decreases the intensity of her bodily movement in accordance to the magnitude of the global earthquakes she feels under her skin. She also developed “Speedborg” earrings with 360 degree movement sensors, which allow her to know the exact speed and intensity of the objects and bodies moving in her periphery. In an interview with Not Impossible Now, Ribas points to both the exciting potential of technology as a means of expanding perception, but also the humanistic aspect of such an experience. By perceiving the world in a way which is more connected to one’s environment- be it plants, animals, earthquakes or to other people that share one’s space, a new and heightened sensibility is born. Connectedness becomes possible not only in an intellectual or emotional sense but in a truly visceral, bodily sense.!
structure is morally questionable, just as DNA cloning or cosmetic reconstruction is (to these same naysayers). But the deeper we inevitably wander into the arena of technology, the harder it becomes to distinguish between nature and artifice. The boundaries of what it means to “be human,” and the limits of what is “humanly possible” are pushed and blurred with every passing day. Harbisson addresses the role of cyborg tech in the future of human biological evolution: “We can evolve during our lifetime and we can evolve in the way we wish.” It manifests as a logical step in the age-old human search for meaning, consciousness and self-definition. Whether it takes the form of transhumanists, grinders/biohackers, or as the more artistically grounded cyborgs, there is an undeniable and fast-growing global trend of thinkers (/feelers?) actively seeking to redefine the intersection between techology and biology, disregarding any social stigma that may come with it.!
If you’re interested in getting a taste (/a sound?) of life according to Neil Harbisson, you can download his Eyeborg App and use headphones to take a stroll through the sonatas of your local supermarket.!
Members of the cyborg movement predict that within the next ten years, humanity will start taking wearable technology seriously; not as a tool or game as it has been understood till date, but rather as a permanent extension of our sensory bodies. The potential? Imagine hearing the world beyond our regular 20-20,000 Hz frequency range, and being able to sense noises up to 100 kHz as bats and dolphins do. Imagine being able to upgrade and change the functions of your ears, eyes, nose and fingertips the way you would download a new app on your phone. Imagine being able to quite literally feel the pleasure or the pain of someone else, in your own body.!
By perceiving the world in a way which is more connected to one’s environment- be it plants, animals, earthquakes or to other people that share one’s space, a new and heightened sensibility is born.
That’s not to say that the movement comes unopposed. Some feel that human interference in our bodily
â€œI slipped through the window, tip toed down the fire escape, and spent the night on the beach watching the waves. When he woke up, I was back in bed, sleeping beside him.â€?
ON MY STREET
Photography by→ BELA.
1.1.1 â€œStreetâ€? photographer Bela provides us with an intimate glimpse into the lives of the residents of Creteil, a Parisian banlieu (outskirt). These particular undercurrents of urban life are generally inaccessible and hidden, due to their reputations for being rough, dangerous, and hostile. But through his portraits, Bela manages to capture a multifaceted perspective of the people and the life on his street. He exposes not only the violence, but also the beauty, the humor, and the love.
â€œThe world I perceive consists of a layering of spaces, each possessing a unique environment. These spaces are not restricted to the physical environment, but extend to the virtual space of social networks, websites, the internet, Whatsapp and the like. In the following works, I explore the idea of secret spaces that people identify within the city of Pune. I found out about these spaces online, messaging, chatting and talking with people online. I then embed the secret within the map, creating a two-dimensional space within which the secret is embedded. The process was challenging in that I had to remove familiarize myself with environments that I might not have necessarily seen as secret. Furthermore, coding a message about a three-dimensional space into a twodimensional space felt strange at firstâ€“it seemed as though I was not including the entire atmosphere! However, using simple shapes and CMYK colours in a range of saturations allowed me to reproduce how I felt about the spaces.â€?
Zuri Camille de Souza. Designer. cargocollective.com/zuricamilledesouza
LANDFACES THE GLITCHERS
Max Renglet, AKA The Glitchers, finds secrets hidden in landscapes. By passing National Geographic prints through a face detection software, he unearths hidden faces in rocks, canyons and rivers. We love this work because of itâ€™s nostalgic throw-back to every childâ€™s obsession with scanning clouds for faces. Except in this case technology replaces the role of imagination and the wandering human eye.
ANAIS BOILEAU PLEIN SOLEIL
These images are from French photographer Anais Boileau’s series “Plein Soleil” (:full of sun). !
“The work takes a humorous glimpse at a community of golden-skinned women in the South of France, as they lounge in the omnipresent sun. These characters can be found along the coast of the seaside towns marked by bright and colorful Latin architecture. I tried to evoke a familiarity between the portraits of these women with architectural structures that mark the landscape, placing them side by side to create a sort of diptych. There is a game of temporality between the women and the architecture, both being modelled and framed in the same way by the sun light.!
These portraits also represent the kind of happy idleness that exist in the South.!
I tried to approach the subject in a frivolous and tender way; women in constant dialogue with their own images. Lost behind their sunglasses, accessories, women that are distant, pensive, absorbed by the sun. We never see their eyes with their solarium glasses and that make them impersonal. They are, in a way, self destructive, with their overexposure and excessive tanning under the brutal, violent rays of the sun. !
Floating between documentary and fiction, the portraits of this matriarchal community, reveal a desire for exoticism.!
There is a dimension of artificiality and something false that lies beneath it all. There is a sense that the bodies that are exposed are refined and polished, but that all of this is just a world of appearance, of surfaces. “!
! -Anais Boleau! ! ! ! ! ! !
Anaïs Boileau is a French photographer born in 1992 in Nîmes. She currently studies photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland.!
These photos were from her final year project at ECAL.!
See more of her work at anais-boileau.tumblr.com
TYLER VARSELL. DREAMSCAPES. Collage
Tyler Varsel evokes a sense of mystery and escapism with her paper collages.! As in the Freudian process of condensation, her images amalgamate different elements of dreamthought into a single visual manifestation. Freud’s dream interpretation conceived of dreamscapes as being woven together by a series of memories, images, and impressions, that come together and fuse into a symbolic composite.! What each symbol represents through association is hidden in the subconscious depths of the dreamer.“And it is only after seeing man as his unconscious, revealed by his dreams, presents him to us that we shall understand him fully. We are what we are because we have been what we have been.” ! ― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
Tyler Varsell works full-time as a web and social media manager in Connecticut, USA. She graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Web Design & Development. She has been working in collage and mixed media since 2005, which began through the art of altered books and has developed to include works on canvas, paper, book covers, and antique cabinet card stock. She has exhibited both locally and abroad.!
From the fieldwork of â€¨ Prithvi Hirani.
“The re/production of the Indo-Bangladeshi border is a violent cartography, often the black fence that marks it is a also a site where dead bodies of people trying to cross are found. But here is an image of the fence in Karimganj, a border town where the fence is a central feature of the landscape where the fence is a part of people’s front yards and has been very rightly so put to use. I think this is a great picture because it is the secret life of a border, and challenges the common notion of this black impentrable fence that separates people, languages, history and culture. I find that here, by ‘domesticating’ the fence through daily practices, people subvert its violent and threatening nature.”!
From the twisted lines in my mind,! Like an artist, I draw, erase, and draw again! Leaving marks of whom I once was! And who I want to be! But how can you know, when the picture is incomplete! With every time I draw again, I leave behind a part of me! I am not sure, if the picture is me or If I am the many palimpsests that! took to make me! Every erasure, every extension thought through so deeply,! You have the freedom to draw what you like, they say,! Really?! A circle is round, the sky is blue, and trees are tall! Donâ€™t give me your moulds and ask me to be free!
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Prithvi Hirani is currently doing completing her PHD in Wales, where she studies International Politics.! These images and text are from her thesis fieldwork on borders, identity and spatial practices of exclusion in South East Asia.
Ronny Matima is a 21 years old collage artist and illustrator from the Barcelona-Anzoategui state, in Venezuela. “life is art, we are art from the moment we open our eyes and our minds.”!
“I still think about you.”
Image → Ronny Matima
MEMORY CONCEPTUAL COLLAGES BY RYAN SQUIRE
All of these collages are composed of old photographs of my grandmother.! The initial idea behind making these images was the exploration of how people remember a familiar face.! Like an old friend who you havenâ€™t seen for years or since you were children, or possibly a member of your family who has passed away, whose appearance you only remember from memory or photographs.! I found it interesting how the mind changes a face over time into an unrecognizable form, but somehow it still maintains the original essence of that person.
Image by Marcel Buehler Atelier, Berlin. VOYAGE series. Collage 129 of 360
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Frozen Frames Intersections
Michael Wallâ€™s collages contrast mysterious objects with bold, impenetrable blocks of colour. The resulting images are both revelatory and enigmatic at the same time.They offer glimpses at things, scenes, people, and then tantalizingly hide those very images away.
These compositions invite the viewer to look for clues in the individual pieces that compose them. Connections are organically created across positive and negative space, carefully playing with the congruence between color and form.
See more of Michael Wallâ€™s work at mmmwww.co.uk
â€œ I have this recurring dream that my body is morphing, melting, falling away. As I walk down the street in the sun I look back and see little puddles of me, leaving trails on the sidewalk.â€?
BEN OWERS// THE FLUIDITY OF HAPPINESS
Ben Ower’s work focuses on the fluidity of memory and the connection between nostalgic memories of pleasure. He sparks connections of former happiness by depicting long drives, relationships, travel and anecdotal moments, in very much the same way that a photo album glorifies fragments of the past.! ! This collection explores the private experiences that secretly make people happy, contrasting images of daily routines to escapist images of recreational leisure.
Ower’s practice builds large scenes of flowing textures and narratives created from vintage magazines and modern day publications, often influenced by the idea of portraying a personality or social situation. All pieces are hand cut and pasted.
Follow on Instagram: @benowersart! Follow on Tumblr: benowersart.tumblr.com!
RECLAMATION! ! Sharad Kalawar
! The sea breeze welcomes. Memories dislodge one by one.! !
As we walk, the sidewalk greens wave. Tiles stand the test of time. Headlights beam, marking arcs of their path. Concrete teeth cordon off the road from the future-road. We jump a railing and perch on the large tooth, a balcony view of whatâ€™s left of Mahim creek. Our muscle memory finds us at the highest point of view, exactly like a decade ago. at the time when the first large industrial vehicles arrived here. From when the land expanded and the water receded. The skyline across grew at our amazement and the after-play cooloff brought its adolescent introspection. Couples kiss where our shaky learning tires tread.!
The water screens a quivering reflection of the present. The sun sets, my eyes gleam over the empty fullness covering the city.!
Hopes of the future fill the sounds between us. An almost skepticism of the passage of time lingers. excitement gushes, laughter reverberates.!
! We were children â€“ hypnotised by the water, analysing the sky, deconstructing clouds.! ! Our space of self discovery is now a point on the road.!
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Something is new. Something might be wrong. Heart sinks, moves into the belly. Belly grumbles. Heart ignores. The mind is clouded in doubt. Maybe not doubt, not confusion, but a refusal to accept.!
Finally an unknown.! Pain, peace and the decision between them reverberate in the sleep of cells. If time is absorbing the currents or layering them, one cant tell yet.!
! ! Toe blistered, lips bit, fingers crossed.! !
Pregnant pauses, awkward queries, surreptitious smiles.!
That smile is pending. That hug is due. The speculation is superfluous.!
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Sharad Kalawar is an independent filmmaker from Bombay. Blending an eye for analog simplicity, an ear for digital rhythm, and an honesty to urban emotion, he enjoys both independent and commercial collaborations and thrives on creative and logistic challenges.
Check out his advertising and commercial video work at kalawar.tumblr.com
Hidden in the depths of the freezer, on top of the bookshelf, or between the blades of grass in the garden, exist tiny microscopic worlds populated by tiny plastic characters.!
Ever since her childhood, Amanda Shirlow has been fascinated with films like The Borrowers or Honey I Shrunk the Kids, in which tiny people inhabit our regular human environment, passing largely unperceived. In "Microscopic Worlds" she brings this very fantasy to life through photography and installation, creating humoristic scenarios in which these tiny beings interact with the larger than life objects around them.!
Blink, and you could miss them.
â€œI like to pretend that_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ â€?
Joan Beadle →
JOAN BEADLE’s ‘Not Everything we Believe is True’ is a digitally printed book with an adapted zigzag fold construction, using the book’s format to evoke a physical space.! The images are produced using a fusion of processes , part of the artist’s on-going exploration of digital and physical altered images –using both digital and physical interventions during processing , attempting to make the archaeology of the image undecipherable and unrepeatable, generating a ‘one off ‘ digital image.! The imagery in this work relates to the power of belief and holding onto the possibility of believing in something so much it becomes true –the stuff of fairy tale and myth. It reflects memory, loss, our associations with the spaces we live in and the memories we leave in them.! The recreated memory is that of an adult leaving the childhood home for the last time not prepared to abandon the childhood belief that, the longed for horse, the American Pinto Stallion, would finally appear.! The text inside the book reads- ‘and then just as I was about to leave the house for the very last time the American Pinto Stallion finally appeared/ Not everything we believe is true’! ! This book was purchased by and is in the Tate Gallery permanent collection of Artists’ Books.
QUITE ABRUPTLY, ONE AFTERNOON, IT DAWNED ON ME THAT I WAS NOT IN LOVE” WORST STILL, I HAD PROBABLY NEVER REALLY LOVED THE PERSON SITTING ON THE COUCH IN MY LIVING ROOM’ SMOKING MALBOROS AND SKETCHING CARICATURES ON THE BACK OF A NOTEPAD. INTIMACY, NO LONGER EMBODIED, CEASED TO HAVE EVER EXISTED, ALL TRACES ERASED FROM THE RECORDS.
"Jakari is a significant genre of folk songs in Haryana, India. Jakari folk songs are sung by Haryanvi women in a routine manner. Unlike ritual songs and seasonal songs, they are songs about mundane life; the most authentic expressions of a Haryanvi womanâ€™s tryst with life as a young woman. Jakari folk songs cover the phases in the life of a young woman from puberty to motherhood. During this phase women in Haryana undergo drastic life changes and upheavals. They get married and depart to their conjugal home, leaving their mothers and natal kin behind for ever. In the conjugal home they have to establish themselves as a part of the new family. Different shades of these experiences take musical shape in the Jakari folk songs.!
Jakari also encompasses many sub genres: songs about conjugal kin, songs about natal kin, songs about love, songs of humour, and songs of self-reflection. !
The material in this documentary was collected by Dr. Devender Kumar (Asst. Professor in English, B.H.U) during fieldwork in Ghirai, Juglan, Jalalpur and Shahpur villages in Haryana since 2012. It was created as an attempt to document, preserve as well as popularise intangible folk culture. The project was made possible by EspĂrito Kashi, an avant-garde media project based in Varanasi, safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of India through the medium of ethnographic films.!
Directed (and submitted to the Archive Collective) by visual ethnographer/filmmaker Rajat Nayyar.!
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”! -Roald Dahl
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