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Conjuring up the Artist from the Archives: The Case of Ivar Arosenius

The project poses the following questions:
1. How can our understanding of an artist be deepened and developed through digital materials and methods?
2. How can we, from this standpoint, analyze previous practices of conjuring up, modifying and curating artists and works of art in museum exhibitions, publications and studies? What ideological and practical considerations and presuppositions have governed the presentations that have formed the artist for the public consideration?
A platform will be developed for collecting the materials from several archives into a whole, where well-known works, works that have received less attention, and the hidden objects from the artist’s archive – drafts, letters, notebooks, photographs and an array of documents – are made available so as to allow scholars and the public to view, filter, search and combine the entirety in new ways, according to motifs, periods, persons, localities etc. The resulting infrastructure is intended to be of general use, and the archives of Gothenburg artist Ivar Arosenius (1878–1909) are used as a pilot project.
The development will entail a number of studies of what knowledge and aspects can be added through different technological developments, as well as what knowledge and aspects are lost or threatened. Another line of inquiry will project the questions on history, studying previous exhibitions and works on the artist in order to reveal how they, from the materials used and the impacts of ideologies and other considerations, have adjusted the image of the artist as he has been staged at different times and in different contexts. The project thus addresses questions of how cultural heritage has been used and staged in history, as well as how cultural heritage can be used and staged with modern technologies.

Project leader: Mats Malm
Participant researcher at Cultural Sciences: Karin Wagner and Alexandra Herlitz
Project duration: 2016–2018
Funding: The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

Contact Information

Karin Wagner

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46(0)31-786 4190

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