“Collecting may be a passion or it may be impulsive, but then there’s ordering, taxonomy, classification- putting things together in a way that makes sense. Of course we have a scientific way of organizing things- but there are other kinds of taxonomies based on use, folklore, personal tastes, and imaginary hierarchies. That’s really what is fascinating for me. Scientific classification is constantly changing as information shifts.” -Mark Dion
Sarah Sze (video) example of how an installation as a taxonomy of all her work
Rhizome: “The ArtBase is Rhizome’s archive of digital art, freely accessible to the public online.
The Rhizome ArtBase was founded in 1999 to preserve works of net art that were deemed to be “of potential historical significance.” Encompassing a vast range of projects from artists all over the world, the ArtBase provides a home for works that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games, and browsers.”
Olafur Eliasson‘s Your Uncertain Archive
Archive as Narration, by Anne Swartz – “Several women artists have used archives or archiving techniques to examine sexual identity, political content or personal and collective memories in their art…”