Wolfgang Ernst: Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder (2002/2015)

9 December 2016, dusan

“Like most of Wolfgang Ernst’s work, Das Rumoren der Archiv explored the concept of archival and media theory from a current cultural digital context. Ernst challenges the traditional perspective of the cultural heritage institution and how it relied on media for creating, storing and disseminating digital information. Archives have a place in a digital society, and the archivist’s role will be more increasingly vital in the future. As Ernst points out, his work will show a way out of the archive, away from the notion that the era of archive is coming to an end.

Here is the long-awaited English translation of this seminal work exploring cultural heritage before the archives, throughout history, and from today into the future.

Ernst’s work emphasized a need to recognize media as a method for capturing and preserving our collective cultural identity. It is vital that archivists promoted a greater awareness of how media technology augmented the creation, management, and dissemination of digital content.”

First published as Das Rumoren der Archive. Ordnung aus Unordnung, Merve, Berlin, 2002.

Translated by Adam Siegel
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2015
ISBN 9781442253957, 1442253959
v+101 pages

Reviews: Eric Willey (Archival Issues, 2015), Simran Thadani (RBM, 2016), Alexandrina Buchanan (Archives and Records, 2016).



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