Sebald’s photo archive

Archive 7

These pages, that represent the 385 images from W. G. Sebald’s four published prose fictions, jump-started our 5-year long study of the late author’s work. By attempting to bring the pictures back to their pre-publication state where they existed only as parts of Sebald’s Bildmaterial, … Continue readingSebald’s photo archive

Florentine Codex

excerpt thumbWhat happens when we apply western constructs to non-western archives?

When the Franciscan friar Bernardino de SahagĂșn set out to record the world of the Aztecs in 1540, he complained about “hidden meanings that are unrecognizable.” In Book X of his 12 volume Florentine Codex, written in native Nahua with sections translated to Spanish, he … Continue readingFlorentine CodexContinue readingFlorentine Codex

Mnemosyne Atlas

WarburgSebald, Dean and Warburg explore the power of the Archive.

The Archive figured prominently in the ICI’s third title, Searching for Sebald: Photography After W. G. Sebald. In her essay that considered the work of Tacita Dean and Joseph Beuys through the prose fictions of W. G. Sebald, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes compares Dean’s Floh (2001) … Continue readingMnemosyne AtlasContinue readingMnemosyne Atlas