Grupo de Investigación
Departamento de Historia del Arte
Universitat de Barcelona

Grupo de Investigación
Departamento de Historia del Arte
Universitat de Barcelona

ARCHIVE AND CONFLICT. Archives and the Techno-Aesthetics of Datification


Anna Maria Guasch (Universitat de Barcelona)
Ana Catarina Pinho (Artist and founder ot Archivo Platform, Porto)

Pablo Santa Olalla (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Global Art Archive (GAA)
Archivo Platform


January-February-March 2023



Daniela Agostinho. Aarhus.

Paper 1
Cristina Baldacci. Venice. (GAA)
Paper 2
Arola Valls. Barcelona. (GAA)
Paper 3
Giorgia Ravaioli. Bologna. (GAA)



Global Art Archive (GAA) is a research project created in the Department of Art History of the University of Barcelona with the aim of bringing together a group of researchers, academics, and national and international artists who are interested in “thinking critically” about the archive, both analog and digital ( in relation to ICT and big data) within the general framework of Critical Archival Studies. The general purpose of the group is framed in the Critical Archival Studies, exploring its declines and drifts in contemporary artistic practices.

This research project presents in this new conceptualization after five years of continuous research (embodied in publications, doctoral theses and international contacts) the practice of the archive not only as an infrastructure for the preservation and perpetuation of heritage and hegemonic thought , but as a place for “counter narratives” and as a set of research strategies in experimental formats that illuminate the multifaceted links between archival contexts and social realities.



ARCHIVO is an independent research platform dedicated to photography and visual culture through research, editorial and curatorial activities. Perceiving history as a resource for alternative narratives, ARCHIVO PLATFORM engages in an in-depth understanding of photographic practice as well as its impact in knowledge production. It defines itself through the programming of diverse activities developed within an interdisciplinary research network and guest collaborators who contribute to traverse different disciplines and foster theoretical, practical and critical interventions, creating links between scholarship, artistic and cultural practices.

Such collaborations are presented through the production of original content and events such as the open access journal ARCHIVO PAPERS, online OPEN SESSIONS that bring together our associated researchers and guest speakers to further explore and discuss the theme of Archivo Papers Journal, and REFRAMING THE ARCHIVE, and international symposium.

Furthermore, ARCHIVO offers an educational programming with a diverse range of training activities such as workshops and masterclasses led by artists and scholars, but also the possibility of engaging with the platform through short and long term INTERNSHIP mentoring programmes for an intensive experience in the field of research and editorial work.

Daniela Agostinho

Daniela Agostinho

Assistant Professor at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University

Daniela Agostinho is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University. Her main areas of research and teaching are cultural theory, visual culture, feminist, postcolonial and decolonial studies, digital culture and critical data studies. Her current work is concerned with visual and archival legacies of colonialism, the techno-aesthetics of datafication, and more broadly with how art and aesthetics mediate and relationships to power. At Aarhus University, she is a member of the Digital Aesthetics Research Center and the Cultural Transformations programme.

She is co-editor of several books: (W)Archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art (with Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel), a collection of essays by theorists, artists and curators on digital archiving and contemporary warfare, published by Sternberg Press/MIT Press, 2021; Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data (with Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Catherine D’Ignazio, Annie Ring and Kristin Veel), an interdisciplinary glossary of terms relevant to critical studies of big data, published by MIT Press, 2021; The Uncertain Image (with Ulrik Ekman, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel), a collection of essays by scholars and artists on the relation between images and datafication, published by Routledge, 2019; and Panic and Mourning: The Cultural Work of Trauma (with Elisa Antz and Cátia Ferreira), published by Walter de Gruyter, 2012.

Before joining Aarhus University, Daniela was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen (2016-2021), first as a researcher within the collective project Uncertain Archives, funded by the Danish Research Council, and subsequently leading the postdoctoral project Archival Encounters, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. She remains affiliated with the Uncertain Archives research collective and continues to grow the Archival Encounters project. Before moving to Denmark, she was a Lecturer at the Catholic University of Portugal, in the MA and PhD program in Culture Studies (2014-2016). She holds a PhD in Culture Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon.


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