Founded in 2009 in Milan, KALEIDOSCOPE is among the most innovative magazines of contemporary art and visual culture and an active creative studio with a curatorial and interdisciplinary approach. Combining the expertise of professionals from all sectors of the art industry with an eye-catching and bold visual component, KALEIDOSCOPE it has become a meeting point for a community of artists and creatives from all over the world.
Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm
Number of pages: 350
ISSUE 39 - Archive Continuum
In recent years, we've seen a huge rebirth of the archive as a global trend across all creative industries: from coveted vintage clothing and rare books, to out-of-print magazines and iconic designer pieces.
Fueled by nostalgia and the new principles of circular consumption, the archive becomes an ever-evolving platform for curatorial research, accumulation and cataloging and continues to establish itself as an aesthetic and state of mind. With the aim of rethinking and challenging the stillness usually associated with the idea of an archive, this issue of Kaleidoscpo speaks to the archive as an ongoing and living process - a process that, we like to think, can change, evolve and adapt. to changing circumstances.
In this number:
- The archives of Gucci, Vivienne Westwood and Stone Island
- Artist Myriam Ben Salah questions oral tradition, taxonomies of art history and the diasporic condition with her works that draw from personal online archives.
- The Archive Algorithm, the new work of artist Kandis Williams addresses how a new generation of archivists from different fields are using Instagram to channel their creative research and personal obsession. Taylore Scarabelli delves into the phenomenon with an essay on the rise of fashion archivists, favored by social media and resale apps. And one can't help but wonder, if the burgeoning second-hand market is algorithm-controlled, who will benefit the most?
- Random Access Memory addresses the concept of “archiving” in the digital space. In the art market, 2021 was the year of NFTs, which renewed a conversation about digital preservation. As part of our life is poured into a virtual world, perhaps the definition of archive needs to be rethought. Through three essays by Michael Connor, Philip Maughan and Nicholas Korody, we discover that perhaps the role of archiving is only just beginning.