Collector, Hoarder, Media Archaeologist: Walter Benjamin with Vivian Maier

Buse, P
(2019) Collector, Hoarder, Media Archaeologist: Walter Benjamin with Vivian Maier. In: New Media Archaeologies. Amsterdam University Press,Amsterdam, 135 - 154.

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This chapter takes up the question of media archaeology as a mode of collecting, and the collection as a media archaeological object. It asks whether media archaeology, in its materialist attitude, emancipates the object, as Ernst and Benjamin suggest, or whether it verges towards a mere connoisseurship in its fetishisation of outmoded processes and technolo- gies. It takes as a casee the recently rediscovered Chicago street photographer, Vivian Maier. It interrogates Maier's hoarding and media archaelogical practices, as well as those of the guardian of the largest part of her archive, John Maloof, whose own media archaeological passions are much in evidence in his film Finding Vivian Maier (2013).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Media archaeology, Vivian Maier, Walter Benjamin, Collecting, Photography
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 01:10
DOI: 10.5117/9789462982161_ch06

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