Uncertain Archives afternoon feat. Keller Easterling and Thomas Mical

Archives are predisposed to accumulate. This is not least the case for big data archives. Hence, archival loss is often logged as archival failure. But what would it mean to think about archival subtraction, not as a mode of failure, but rather as a meaningful political act? We will discuss these questions with architect and writer Keller Easterling in relation to her recent book Subtraction (Sternberg Press, 2014). 

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014)examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999).

The event will be chaired by Thomas Mical, Head of School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology, and Uncertain Archives.

Sign-up required at slt231@alumni.ku.dk. Reading material will be distributed to participants beforehand.