Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing and Archiving in Art by Ingrid Schaffner
Everybody collects something, sometime. Many artists have discovered collecting and saving as a means of artistic expression and have made the storage of objects and information the subject of their work. This ranges from digital memory to rows and stacks of materials to shelves, packaging crates, installations, and entire areas filled with diverse objects stored systematically or in states of utter chaos.
This exciting publication documents the importance of collecting and packaging, storing, and archiving as a contemporary artistic strategy It lends surprising insight into the process of creating art, which itself is a result of collecting experiences and materials, by using the work of 40 internationally celebrated artists as examples.
In Deep Storage, these archives of materials become works of art themselves. The documentation and exhibition of these extreme departures from conventional forms of collection and recollection is a stunning project in the avant-garde tradition.
In accordance with its subject matter, this fascinating book is organized like a storage file of information, in which the broad spectrum of artistic contributions and essays and texts by 25 authors is presented alphabetically.