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Kenneth Goldsmith & Chus Martínez

Alberto Giacometti once said that in the event of a fire, between a Rembrandt and a cat, he would save the cat. Often the value we attribute to things is revealed by how easily we can part with them should the need arise. However, with the ever expanding capacities of storage, this necessity doesn’t occur for digital files anymore. Millions of pictures are taken everyday. They will not be looked at twice nor be deleted.

The slogan of the most popular mailbox is «Don’t throw away anything». Websites functioning like diaries allow users to aggregate series of images, piling them up like geological strata. Second Life was immensely popular in the early Aughts, today some of the universes created have been abandoned by their residents and the constructions left va- cant. Digital ruins immune to the passage of time.

Everything remains documented, archived, and seems to contribute to an archeology of the present. Our guests will discuss how this permanence hierarchize information and the influence it might have on the creative process.

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