The Dynamic Archive Release

The Dynamic Archive Release

Präsentation & Feierlichkeit / 30.10.2019

Offizielle Veröffentlichung und Feier des "The Dynamic Archive"-Projekts.

30.10.2019, 18 Uhr
Großer Theorieraum (Raum 4.15.070), Speicher XI 8, Bremen


The Dynamic Archive

The Dynamic Archive involves collaborative work, exchanges and circular processes as well as the archiving and collection of works in the arts, design and theory. We believe that an university of the arts is predestined to initiate such a project.

An university of the arts is a zone of convergence and of experimentation in collaborative endeavors. Such an institution can be defined as a territory of communality. This comes with limitations, as we only interact with the people or institutions within this temporary environment. On the other hand, our sphere includes numerous individuals, objects, trends, stories and fictions, as well as stagings. Convergences and disruptions, as well as the mechanisms of making choices are important preconditions to set up the testing of diverse ways of participation and the development of exchange processes. Collecting and archiving are done in a rather sporadic way at universities of the art. They focus on certain topics or works and their changing priorities and structures tend to get overwhelmed by such efforts.

As a project, realized platform and laboratory, the Dynamic Archive endeavors to examine mechanisms of collaborative working beyond the perimeters of the University of the Arts. Actual exchanges with cultural institutions are a fundamental aspect of the project, beginning with a focus on media arts, theater and performance. These are supposed to be catalysts for transfers as reflected by grant proposals.

Collaborative work and the sharing, copying and further use of modules developed by other members of a network have become practices in communities in the arts, design and academia in recent years. “Open Source” strategies in software development have served as a model for these efforts. At the same time, issues such as goals and motivations among practitioners, as well as questions concerning authorship, patents and trade secrets relating to know how and processes have arisen.

As we regard these relationships within our collaborative research project “The Dynamic Archive”, it becomes of essential importance to constantly work against the risk of immediately succumbing our effort of research, learning and shared production of knowledge to the logic of commercialization and self-optimization. We ask: Are there different practices that could be introduced and tested? By using the term “research” in context with “the Dynamic Archive” we talk about an activity to conceptualize in a critical sense while taking aim at the economization of knowledge as a framework.

Over the years it has become evident that the approach to licensing proposed by Creative Commons since 2006 is overly focussed on individual actions while neglecting the diverse structures and possibilities of communality. This is especially relevant to questions of versions and variations that could be fed into circular processes to provide communal dynamics. “The Dynamic Archive” therefore intends to question, discuss even undertake actual changes in the licensing avenues offered by the Creative Commons. Open Source und Open Access could be accepted as options to transform constellations of power – even if the risk of opening up new spaces for mechanisms of exploitation is always present.

We want to discuss the mobile state of material in archives and look at their interactions. How can such a process of “dynamic archiving” be launched and kept operational? What kind of role could an art academy, theater or exhibition space take on in such an effort? How could transfers be facilitated that initiate cooperations across and beyond institutions and established connections?

But what kind of dangers and risks might arise from such a process? This could happen by commercial structures that might unfold beyond copyrights, licensing and patent disputes, while tending to privilege a focus on growth and profits.

The impotant part of the research project is the webapplication “the Dynamic Archive” as an ongoing exchangeplatform. But the residencies for artist (collective groups and individuals specially in the field Media Art and Performance Art) workshops and exhibitions are part of this process as well.

The “Dynamic Archive”

created and organized by

Prof. Dr. Andrea Sick (Professor for Theory in Media and Culture, HfK)

Prof. Dennis Paul (Professor for Interaction and Spaciality, HfK)

Research Assistant and Projectmanagment: Irena Kukric

Hosted by

The University of the Arts Bremen (HfK) 

In cooperation with:

Schwankhalle Bremen (space for experimental theatre, Artistic Director: Dr. Pirkko Husemann)

Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst Oldenburg (exhibitionspace for Media Art, Artistic Directors: Edit Molnár und Marcel Schwierin)

HEC IT-Engineering GmbH Bremen (Executive Director: Dr. Thorsten Haase)

Funded by:

Senatorin für Wissenschaft und Häfen

(Video)Documentation of  The Dynamic Archive conference may 2018:

The Dynamic Archive Release

Raum 4.15.070 (Großer Theorieraum), Speicher XI, Bremen

30. Oktober 2019, 18:00