Notes on Derrida and Foucault on the archive
Beneath the great continuities of thought, beneath the solid, homogeneous manifestations of a single mind or of collective mentality, beneath the stubborn development of a science striving to exist and to reach completion at the very outset, beneath the persistence of a particular genre, form, discipline, or theoretical activity, one is now trying to detect the incidence of interruptions. (p4)
- The archive is to trying collect everything of a certain knowledge.
Recurrent redistributes reveal several pasts, several forms of connexion, several hierarchies of importance, several networks of determination, several hierarchies of importance, several networks of determination, several technology, for one and the same science, as its present undergoes change: thus historical description are necessarily ordered by the present state of knowledge, they increase with every transformation and never cease, in to break with themselves. (p5)
- The archive influence the future by being the filter on how we look at history. By looking back to the past we can understanding the present.
- The appearance of the long periods in the history of today is not a return to the philosophers of history, to the great ages of the world, or to the periodization dictated by the rise and fall of civilizations; it is the effect of the methodologically concerted development of series. (p8)
- The history of the world is based on a series of development true time that comes from the archival of experience and knowledge and not philosophers and tall tails.
The Historical a priori and the archive
The archive is first the law of what can be said, the system that governs the appearance of statements as unique events. But the archive is also that which determines that all these things said do not accumulate endlessly in an amorphous mass, nor are they inscribed in an unbroken linearity, nor do they disappear at the mercy of chances eternal accidents; but they are grouped together in distinct figures, composed together in accordance with multiple relations, maintained or blurred in accordance with specific regularities; that which determines that they do not accordance with specific regularities; that which determines that they do not withdraw at the same pace in time, but shines, as it were, like stars, some that seem close to us shining brightly from afar off, while others that are in fact close to us are already growing pale. (p129)
- The archive determines the laws, its a authority that we look at. (Ps: Too way to long sentence to read)
No, the technical structure of the archiving, archive also determines the structure of the archival content even in its very coming into existence and into the relationship of the future. (p17)
- The archive effects the future by being a reference point we look back to for understanding current and future events.
Its is thus, in this domiciliation, in this house arrest, that archives take place. The dwelling this place where they dwell permanently, marks this institutional passage from the private to the public, which does not always mean from the secret to the nonsecret. (p10) The archive stores information, but is not where the information need just to be, the archive is just a place for the information to dwell for a period of time, it can move independently over to something els. As “Freuds last house, becomes a museum: the passage from one institution to another” a archive as a position in institution, but it can moved to another and become something els.. There is no archive without a place of consignation, without a technique of repetition, and without a certain exteriority. No archive without outside (p14)
- To have a archive one need to be considerate with what you store and to have a system and one need to repeat things be sure ones archiving system works??