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ON THE COVER: 

SEEING DOUBLE (2020)

SANG WOO KIM

OIL ON CANVAS

150 x 120 cm

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ON THE COVER: 

BASKET MARYLIN (2020)

TEIJI HAYAMA

OIL ON CANVAS

90 x 83 cm

Archive 00 was launched in the early 2020 as a project designed to index, organize, showcase, and document artists and artworks of the contemporary world. 

 

Unlike most publications, the Archive 00 does NOT have any long paragraphs, conversations, or interviews; Instead, it focuses on something that is much more visual and raw. Inspired by some of the oldest archiving methods from the Eastern history, we have adopted a unique approach called the 'Self Interview', to communicate the minds of the artists. 

 

Self Interview is essentially a questionnaire that champions qualities that are often considered to be unimportant. It is a handwritten piece of memo-like document that aims to peek into the minds of our beloved artists. 

Experts in interpersonal communication have estimated that nonverbal communication constitutes approximately 70 percent of what is involved in communication. Though we are unable to feature voices, tones, body language, and facial expressions, we strongly believe that the old school way, pen and paper, can convey much more than the typed out texts. We feel that even the creation of the Emoji culture is somewhat suggesting the limitations of plain texts. 

 

We wanted our readers to see the handwriting of the artists, the random (or seemingly irrelevant) doodles, and memos. We feel that even the slightest details, like a small coffee stain, or a spelling mistake can tell us something about the artist. The documentation of this is like archiving a segment of the artist's vision, allowing the readers to grasp more than what can be expressed through plain texts.

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