I have been taking and editing photograph’s for the past five years. In that time I have taken thousands upon thousands of photographs which have all been stored and filed on my personal hard drive.

This is an archive a way for me to store, arrange and easily access all my photograph’s so that I can go back and review past photo shoots. ‘Archive fever’, written by Jacques Derrida in 1997, suggests that all the different media areas make and destroy archives differently. With the creation of new archives they unintentionally make redundant other forms of archiving. Derrida considers how publishing and publics have been influenced by archiving and the way in which different forms of publishing interact with it.

With the introduction of the internet and also the way we communicate the way we file and archive documents or information has drastically changed. Emailing has replaced the postal service to some extent. It allows us to transfer and receive information at  a quicker pace, while also letting us archive the information online or on your computer. Saving time and space.

Online archiving has allowed us new possibilities such as the way we share or update instantaneously through social media. Facebooks new system “Timeline” has collected all our old posts from the archives and allowed us to view our past virtually with ease. Our online imprint has essentially allowed us to create a permanent personal archive of past events in our lives.

Resource List:

Stokes, Jon (2003) ‘Reading Notes: Archive Fever’, Ars Technica, June 27, <http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2003/06/130.ars>

Howard, Sharon (2007) ‘Reposted: Archive fever (a dusty digression)’, Early Modern Notes, September 25, <http://emn.sharonhoward.org/2007/09/reposted-archive-fever-a-dusty-digression/>

Enszer, Julie R. (2008) Julie R. Enszer (personal blog), ‘Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida’, November 16, <http://julierenszer.blogspot.com/2008/11/archive-fever-freudian-impression-by.html>

Ogle, Matthew (2010) ‘Archive Fever: A love letter to the post real-time web’, mattogle.com, December 16, <http://mattogle.com/archivefever/>

Then, consider http://www.myschool.edu.au/ … a very recent example of “archive fever” and publishing intervening in the public. We’ll be talking about Wikileaks in the next few weeks (so maybe leave it out of the discussion for this week).