ARCHIVES AT RISK: protecting the world’s identities

SCCA Ljubljana – DIVA Station

DIVA Station is a physical and web/on-line archive of video art which is being developed since 2005 at SCCA– Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts with the intent to research, document, present and archive video/media art in Slovenia. Creating physical and virtual, analogue and digital archives is a necessary tool to enable us a reflexion on contemporary art production.

Archives at risk: protecting the world’s identities is the slogan of this year’s celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. DIVA Station will honour the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage with the practice of an “open archive” to trigger a constructive exchange and emancipated work by the artists. We have invited Ana Čigon, video and performance artist, to browse across archived material and through a comparative research position her own artistic practice and create a site specific intervention in the physical venue of the DIVA Station archive. We believe that important parts of the archiving processes are also “creative re-use” and individual approaches by the users, which can lead to a better accessibility and higher visibility of archival material and help to raise awareness of the importance of our audiovisual heritage.