The project Fragile Archive aims to archive and make accessible artistic, cultural, and personal information within digital environments that are at risk or have become insecure.
The vulnerability of common digital infrastructures, which became apparent in Russia in spring 2022, raises the question of storing and distributing various data (including knowledge, art, documentation, and communication) in network environments.
Cybernetics and computing technologies originated in military structures. The logic of militarized environments—command, control, communication, collection, and dissemination of information—is often reproduced by today's digital platforms or in relation to them. Growing at tremendous speed, digital archives that form big data arrays can also be used for destructive purposes, for digital surveillance, isolation or separation of networks, and control.
The aim of Fragile Archive is to ensure that knowledge created in the art environment is preserved; can live, change, and be collectively comprehended; and does not become exclusively an artifact of a past life. Using its accumulated expertise, including as a result of its archival activities, Garage will become an actor in the preservation of digital information.
At this stage, the initiative is being implemented by the Garage Archive Collection and Garage Digital teams in cooperation the not-for-profit organization Infokultura and its National Digital Archive project. You can find information on resources proposed for conservation in this regularly updated database.