Touring Cruel Images
This article is part of the edited volume (W)archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art, edited by Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel, Sternberg Press 2021.
(W)archives is an investigation of digital archiving as an integral technology of warfare and how artists respond to these changes. Digital and data technologies are actively transforming the archives of contemporary warfare. Bringing together a range of scholarly perspectives and artistic practices, (W)archives investigates digital archiving as an integral technology of warfare and how artists respond to these changes. Throughout the book, the (w)archive emerges as a term to grasp the extended materiality of war today, wherein digital archiving intersects with images, bodies, senses, infrastructures, environments, memories, and emotions. The essays explore how this new digital materiality of war reconfigures the archival impulses that have shaped artistic practices over the last decades, and how archives can be mobilized to articulate political demands, conjure new forms of evidence, and make palpable the experience of living with war.