The opening night of the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival is a celebration of archive lovers, a film screening, and an accompanying discussion around the changing technologies of preservation. The evening will feature From Celluloid to the Pixel: Exploring Relationships between Documentation, Technology and Time, a new collaborative work between Media Burn and On the Real Film and a panel discussion that explores the ways that the shift from film to video to digital media has influenced documentation from the personal to the political over the last 50 years.
This event is open to Chicago’s artists, archivists, librarians, writers, researchers, curators and others who consider repositories a key part of the work that they do or are interested in doing. This gathering creates a space for dialogue and exchange otherwise missing for practitioners of social justice archiving.
The rest of the weekend will feature installations by local archives, DIY archiving stations for artist file building, tutorials on free open-source tools, a workshop on getting your artist affairs in order for emergency purposes, and a roll call that highlights archives, special collections, and libraries that have holdings specifically relevant to the communities often omitted from dominant cultural and historical narratives.
Partners for the festival include the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Dominican University, That Belongs In A Museum!, Read/Write Library, Harold Washington Library’s Chicago Artists Archives, Media Burn, On The Real Film, Stockyard Institute, and The Visualist.
Featured Image: From the TV show ‘Chicago Slices,’ in the Media Burn Archives.