Author Archives: valerie_swain

Valerie Swain is a Canadian artist. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in New Media from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, in 2002. In 2004, following two years of studies at Hogeschool Sint Lukas in Brussels, Belgium, Valerie received the Transmedia Postgraduate diploma with jury mention. In 2005 she co-founded the online production and diffusion platform centre nautique with her partner Arnaud Dejeammes. Valerie currently lives in France.

A conversation with Marika

12:00, between morning and afternoon, April 21. The pier in Andernos-les-bains, France. While walking Marika and I have a conversation about digital archives and the problems they engender. The conversation lasts 24 mins. Topics : software, access, speed, the press, obsolescence of information, disappearing

A conversation with Kavita

12:30 in the afternoon, January 6. Kavita’s kitchen, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Kavita and I have a conversation about accessing online archives (equipment, site design). We click through the online Digitales archives while we talk. The conversation lasts 21 mins. Topics: access, technical knowledge, equipment, compatibility, design, language, time,,

English Step one: Duration: approximately 1 hour. You will need a computer with an internet connection. Find something that interests you in the online archives of Digitales. Your interest could mean that the item (text, image, audio file or video file) reminds you of an event you experienced, or it could relate to your day-to-day […]

Digitales is several days of conferences, workshops, forums, and art presentations where people come together to talk about women and technology. As this is a broad topic, the areas of interest vary. To give some examples, the programming for Digitales can include: a lecture about the relationship between gender and desire as it relates to […]

English In January 2004 Anja Westerfroelke and I held an open workshop at the Digitales meeting days in Brussels, Belgium. We were experimenting with a way of archiving by using a MOO (an online text-based virtual environment, originally used for networked gaming). Our aim was to take the contents of several cardboard boxes full of […]

the archives of digitales workspaces

one mutation of the work found here – i have a new joint workspace (online and rl):

A discussion with De Geuzen

This discussion with De Geuzen was recorded november 23, 2003 during VJ7. de_geuzen_discussion.ogg

Selected Bibliography

Aristarkhova, Irina. Virtual Chora: Welcome. Bernadac, Marie-Laure and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, eds. Louise Bourgeois: Deconstruction of the Father, Reconstruction of the Father. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998. Carnegie, Elizabeth. ‘Trying to Be an Honest Woman: Making Women’s Histories’. Making Histories in Museums. Gaynor Kavanagh, ed. London: Leicester University Press, 1996. Chadwick, Whitney. Women, Art and Society. […]

Concepts and tools that relate to my process:

The Stranding Blog: The blog functioned as a meeting point where I could share my research process with others. By using the blog I learned to make visible my research process. This was very difficult at first because I was reluctant to make my research visible online when I felt that it was unfinished. I […]

The two prototype Venues:

I use the word ‘venues’ to refer to the Open House and Digitales Archives website because they are places in which the Play of Archiving can take place. The Venues are not ‘works’. The Digitales Archives website is the prototype Venue that I propose for the digital archive material. The Open House is what I […]