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Assembling Arosenius

Poster
Authors Jonathan Westin
Dick Claésson
Published in Current Discourses and Global Challenges, 7-8 November 2019, Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Language en
Links https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/208021
Keywords Affect, Arosenius, Simulation
Subject categories Art History, Design, Visual Arts

Abstract

Arosenius’ home in Älvängen disappeared in the early seventies after decades of neglect. Using the archive as a source, a virtual model is assembled where the connection between artist, art and place is investigated to contextualize the documents of the archive. With this interactive reconstruction we aim to construct a synthesis of a heterogeneous and sometimes conflicting material that can be used both as an access-point and as a repository. Of central interest for the study is how to communicate interpretative practices to the user, balancing an incomplete source material with the need to create a space that can inspire affect. Just as the archive contains a translation of Arosenius’ home, first into documents and files, and later, when digitized, into bits, the reconstruction of Arosenius’ home is a translation of bits into context. It is an investigation into both the limits of the archive view, that which the archive lets us perceive, and the product of activating and giving depth to the archive by bringing it together with the site of its origin. In the study, we frame the act of digitally reconstructing a site as an iterative research method of investigation and translation between different media, that allow a disparate material to be collected, studied, and processed simultaneously.

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