Autonomous Archiving

by Özge Çelikaslan & Alper Şen (Artıkişler Collective)

Abstract: As institutional practices, archival practices often tend to serve the colonized, surveillance and discipline society of the modern world. However, during the last ten years, with [an upswing in] digital technology and the detection of social movements, the recording and accumulation of images has become a civil activity. Thus, actions of archiving videos and other types of visual images bring about non-institutional practices as well contemporary discussions surrounding the production of images, open source databases, collectivity, and forensics.

Özge Çelikaslan is a Media Artist, Researcher and Co-founder/member of art and activist collectives. Her research as a PhD Scholar focuses on autonomous archiving in relation to her archival practice in https://bak.ma, the digital media archive of social movements in Turkey. Personally and with the Artıkişler video collective she has been involved in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions/biennials worldwide. She is co-editor of the books Autonomous Archiving (2016) and Surplus of Istanbul (2014) with Alper Şen and Pelin Tan. Currently, she lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Alper Şen is an Artist and Activist. He studied Political Science and Cinema and has been a member of various video collectives in Turkey since the 1990s. His documentaries and video works have been shown at numerous festivals, biennials and exhibitions. Şen is a Co-initiator of https://bak.ma, the digital media archive of social movements in Turkey. He co-edited the books Autonomous Archiving (2016) and Surplus of Istanbul (2014) with Özge Çelikaslan and Pelin Tan. Currently, he lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.