Thoughts on Stolen Time Archive (I’m on top of the world)

1. On the first attempt of 3 I didn’t do so hot. On the next two I only had one X so I in summation i’m at a high point in my life right now.

2. Of all the archive’s I have experienced thus far, this one was easily the most interactive. It, after some time, like most archives, was intuitive enough to understand. I found it to be a less serious archival method than Blake or Wolff for instance. This made the discovery and interpretation of objects a lot more enjoyable.

3. My favorite artifact in the archive was the Poster/Calendar of the secretary.
Biographical Info: Klaus Theweleit and Friedrich Kittler have both — with distinct emphases — written about the mixed cultural valences of the “media employee” (Theweleit’s phrase): the woman worker who understands the mysterious operations of text-making machines that baffle her boss. Without her, his high-flown utterances would never find their way to the page, and this creates conditions within which she is both feared and desired. Elvgren’s calendar pin-up girl is doubly mysterious; not only does she know how to operate a typewriter, she (and her typewriter) are also, apparently, able to defy gravity. Stripping away conventional visual impediments (her desk, her chair, even partially her skirt), Elvgren attempts to unveil some of her secrets, but in the process renders her almost comically unreadable. The greatest mystification, of course, comes in Elvgren’s transformation of grinding, skill-intensive, and poorly-compensated work into an airborne fantasy of mischief and pleasure.

4. Yes. The images assembled were in large part the ones I spent the most time on.

5. I spent the time (the second time through any-way, on the calendar piece) so all of the collage and object histories were related to the calendar piece.

6. The Stolen Time Archive is an archival game of secretaries in the 1930’s-1960’s. I believe the argument being made is dual. One is that an archive doesn’t have to be traditional to be effective. Second is that the path you take through an archive dictates how your interpret it. This was really illustrated well when you went to “clock out”


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