Exploring the 'Slow Archive'

An interview with Sven Spieker





Slow Archive, Art-Archive Relationship, Archival Tactics, Contemporary criticism, Slowdown of Information Flows


This interview with Sven Spieker explores the characteristics of his theoretical proposal known as the "Slow Archive". Introduced in his "Manifesto for a Slow Archive" (2016), it offers an original approach on the relationship between contemporary art and the archival device. The discussion delves into various topics, including temporality and speed concerning contemporary archives in the Internet age; the processes of deterritorialization and reterritorialization of the aura and their impact on archives; as well as strategies for slowing down the rapid flow of information, such as manipulating digital obscurity or navigating the boundaries between truth and fiction.


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Author Biography

Pablo Santa Olalla, Independent Researcher

Pablo Santa Olalla is an independent researcher in Art History. With a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona, he collaborates with the research project Global Art Archive (GAA), directed by Professor Anna Maria Guasch. He has also collaborated with the Muntadas Archive Association. Center for Studies and Research (ARXIU/AM) and, among other positions in cultural management, curatorship and mediation in contemporary art institutions, he currently works at the Creative Factory La Escocesa, and coordinates the artistic research projects at the Santa Mònica Art Center, both in Barcelona.


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Santa Olalla, P. (2024). Exploring the ’Slow Archive’: An interview with Sven Spieker. Archivo Papers, 4, 123–132. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.12544831

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