University of Applied Arts Vienna, Studio Hani RASHID
critic: Hani RASHID
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Andrea SACHSE: In 2009 the six-story historical archive of Cologne collapsed and almost all records were either destroyed or lost their context. This destruction demands new solutions for secure storage that gives rise to new interpretations of information. Different frame(rate)s are used as the operational strategy of the building‘s framework. It describes the amount of sequential frames that generate a new perception of information space.
The main three programs are Encoding (receiving, processing and combining of received information), Storage (creation of permanent record of the encoded information) and Retrieval (calling back the stored information), which is also the public path guiding through the building. The structure of the project emphasizes the importance of time and memory and highlights the gathering and interacting rather than the physicality of archival space and bookshelves.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AS: Onformative / Christopher Warnow (Immaterials/Data between visibility and invisibility), human memory, generative photography, and timemaps.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
AS: Reading Aufschreibesysteme 1800/1900 by Friedrich Kittler; listening to “Die Zeit” podcast; and watching Suits and a lot of other feel-good series that I’m too embarrassed to name here.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
AS: Bart Hess and Kram/Weisshaar.