The Spatial Nature of Archives

if we entertain the notion of a book as being distinct from text in an ‘universal’ library (http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3237/3416) and if we consider that early libraries could be spatially memorable forms of archives and churches to be early examples of walk-through books..

Refer The_Gothic_Cathedral_An_Immersive_Information_Visualization_Space

This has changed
http://www.e-flux.com/journal/entering-the-flow-museum-between-archive-and-gesamtkunstwerk/
“However, the relationship between internet and museum radically changes if we begin to understand the museum not as a storage place for artworks, but rather as a stage for the flow of art events..And on the internet, the museum functions as a blog. So the contemporary museum does not present universal art history, but rather its own history—as a chain of events staged by the museum itself. But most importantly: the internet relates to the museum in the mode of documentation, not in the mode of reproduction. Of course, the museums’ permanent collections can be reproduced on the internet, but the museum’s activities can only be recorded.”

Could it be possible that the spatial and physical even architectural organization and appearance of an archive could actually help organize, assist retrievability of the stored collection? I am sure research has been done on this throughout history, but knowing where to start is the question!

NB Please note I am not asking about archives of spatial data, I am asking if there are archives that were themselves physically, platially, spatially organized.

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One thought on “The Spatial Nature of Archives

  1. Hi Erik, Its a fascinating question. I don’t have an answer for you unfortunately, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the interplay play between the housing of archives (both the buildings and storage devices eg floppy discs) and the information contained within. Will follow your idea with interest.
    Cheers, Michaela

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