Activating the Digital Archive
at Banner Repeater project space and reading room.  

Banner Repeater will be holding drop-in days - Saturdays throughout February / April -  in tandem with the Activating the Archive display at Hackney Archives, where artists who publish are invited to drop in with their publications.  Initial data will be inputted with the help of the archive team, and as the archive goes live in March, an invitation to input more anecdotal accounts will be open to all users.  
Talks during Activating the Digital Archive.

Categorising Pirates

Saturday 28 March 2-4pm.

Karen Di Franco will be in conversation with Eva Weinmayr to discuss the Piracy Collection, it's affiliated projects and the difficulties this project presents to cataloguing in a mainstream environment. Testing the archive database with this project we will open out the discussion around specifying origination within artists' publishing and the broader infrastructures of collecting appropriated material.

'The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. Through research and an international call for submissions The Project has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world.' (AND Publishing website)

Eva Weinmayr
is an artist, writer and lecturer based in London. She is co-founder of AND Publishing, an experimental publishing platform exploring the creative and social possibilities of print-on-demand technology and new modes of distribution. Since 2010 she has run The Piracy Project with artist Andrea Francke, an international exhibition and publishing project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. and

Karen Di Franco is an archivist and a curator. Recent projects include the solo exhibition, Icons of a Process, of the artist and poet, Carlyle Reedy at Flat Time House (2014); the development of Book Works online archive and the touring exhibition and publication Again, A Time Machine (2010-12).  She is currently public programme curator at CHELSEA space at Chelsea College of Arts. and

Archival Matters/ Dynamic archives

Saturday 4th April 2-4pm

Over the last 100 years, books, publications and ephemera have played a crucial role in the broad dissemination of aesthetic ideas in the realm of modern and contemporary art.  Historically the integrity of archival information has been guaranteed by institutions, often state institutions, facilitating the identification and provenance of an object and hence validating its origins, author, and the transactions attached to it. The digital revolution of the last 25 years has exponentially increased the amount of information exchanged and the volume of data available to a large public via online platforms. Our increasing reliance on electronic machinery for crucial information has consequences that are not yet measurable.

Today a number of important questions regarding the status of digital information arise, in relation to longevity, reliability, and methods of validification.  If Wikipedia is the digital response to the Encyclopedia: networked, collaborative, and expanding at a terrific rate, what of all the inaccuracies and typos?

Gustavo Grandal Montero (Chelsea College of Arts Library; Art Libraries Journal)  and Arnaud Desjardin (The Everyday Press) will be discussing art archives, and what the main challenges and difficulties facing the very idea of archiving might be at the beginning of the 21st Century.

The Digital Archive.
For five years Banner Repeater has been building an archive of Artists Publishing – digitalizing the material in the Public Archive at Banner Repeater.  The aim has been to generate from our existing archive a more dedicated and interactive user-driven database that constitutes a working research model: that will act as a catalogue and analysis of historical and contemporary artists publishing.
Working with several noted experts in Artists’ Publishing:  Arnaud Desjardin, who works as an artist and publisher as the Everyday Press, and as a specialist artists’ bookseller with extensive knowledge of current technological requirements and descriptions of printed matter.  Karen Di Franco, a digital archivist who has worked on the development of Book Works online archive and the touring exhibition and publication: Again, A Time Machine (2010-12). She has written for the Art Libraries Journal about digital archiving and contributed to numerous conferences, symposia and workshops about archives and has been an independent researcher in the UK Web Archive at the British Library.  And Ian Morris, who has worked in digital technologies for 15 years as a developer, collaborating in partnership with many cultural institutions, and was programmer in residence at Jan Van Eyck Academy Masstricht and is responsible for building many experimental and commercial online projects.
Over the last two years we have been developing the principle of a wiki style approach with a user/editor interface applied to the idea of an archive.  The project introduces the possibility for users and producers to create their own metadata: crucial information, structuring a new model in retrieving information, to further understand, disseminate and share through the database as a working model.
Through the emphasis on including anecdotal accounts as well as specialised information, cross-referenced and co-edited by users, we hope to provide a refined as well as contributive learning experience from participants' many voices and histories: a tool as well as an electronic commons for the exchange of detailed information.
Following examples of proprietary strategies such as Google Books, Activating the Digital Archive is invested in developing the archive as a digital commons without the gatekeepers.