Living with the everyday life of digital archives: The techno-social ambulations of 3… or more… online archives.
This is fundamentally a paper about the movement of techno-socialobjects which we call digital archives. Â It is about the effects ofÂ those movements considered transversally. Â Â Â The Center for DigitalÂ Discourse and Culture hosts several archives that are changing,Â becoming, and revising the relations between themselves, theirÂ users, and other communities. The archives that we host are to someÂ people Â unknown, but to others world reknowned. They include theÂ Feminist Â Theory Online archiveÂ http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/, theÂ Situationists International Online ArchiveÂ http://www.cddc.vt.edu/SIOnline/ , the April16archiveÂ http://april16archive.org/, a mirror of The Â Marxist ArchiveÂ http://www.marxists.org/, and a mirror of the the Â Bureau of PublicÂ Secrets. Those are just the more major archives Â Â These archives areÂ in part alive and in part dead, some are constantly updated andÂ upgraded by their communities, others have not been Â updated forÂ ages. However the knowledge and meanings of these Â archivesÂ construct relations to moving beings and their artifacts. ThisÂ paper attempts to tell some of the stories of time, place, andÂ movement of these archives within and through the beings andÂ artifacts Â in which they become embedded. Â In doing that, the paperÂ describes the Â everyday life of the archives themselves as they areÂ ambulant in Â everyday life.
Using short narratives, this paper center several events andÂ relationships that changed the archives and mobilized them in someÂ relation to everyday life. The stories used will deal with theÂ ambulations of the Marxists archive in 2007 when it was attacked byÂ computers in China, the movements of Feminist theory websites as itÂ becomes embedded in and migrates through textbooks and academicÂ papers Â becoming something new, while remaining unchanged, theÂ Tragedy of Â April16archive and its relationship to the NorthernÂ Illinois Â University shooting, and possibly the trials andÂ tribulations of Â Situationists International and the Bureau of PublicÂ Secrets in Â relation to their original print existences.
Through telling the stories of these techno-social ambulants asÂ archives in everyday life, I hope to show their movements andÂ embeddedness in everyday life; their capacity for change andÂ becoming Â in relation to all varieties of institutions andÂ communities, from Â local users to nation states and to show how theirÂ existence allows Â for a transversal analysis of cultural relations inÂ relation to the Â archives as they migrate through and among thoseÂ institutions and Â communities.