The Remote* Archivist is a recurring publication from the Archive of de Appel that can also be accessed while the reader is physically distant, or the archive is far away. The distance, and at the same time the fickle proximity of digital platforms is now translated into the tangibility of archivistic messages.

On one side of the paper, you will find a record from de Appel Archive; be it from years ago or just yesterday; after all, how fast does an event turn into an archival record? Referring to the leaflets of documentation that de Appel sent to its ‘followers’ in the 1970s, the Remote Archivist commemorates the joy of receiving printed matter in the mailbox. The Remote Archivist will keep you informed about what has taken place and what is yet to become history.

On the opposite side of the paper, archive visitors are given space to cherish, celebrate and publish their findings. De Appel Archive is kept alive with a gentle touch, ample attention, and remains ready to be rediscovered, time and time again.

*absent, dreamy, far away, remote control, distant

The Remote Archivist, 2020
Series 01 ○ Issue 1 of 3

In this first series of three episodes, Arefeh Riahi, Maartje Fliervoet and Martín La Roche Contreras have been invited to take care of one side of the paper. They have been regular visitors and thorough researchers in the Archive since de Appel moved to Broedplaats Lely. In 2017, during a collaboration with Martín La Roche Contreras and Maartje Fliervoet (Manifold Books), the term Remote Archivist came into being due to the archivist’s lack of time. Two years later, during Arefeh Riahi’s archival project “Un/folding Interventions”, the three makers met and formed “To See the Inability to See”. Together they delved deeper into de Appel’s Archive, connecting in their love for paper things – especially for the “aliens”; the pieces that don’t belong anywhere. Their own collections, memories, records and the meticulous determination leading to those lucky finds, culminated in Outdated Compass. Here, non-archivable and non-categorisable knowledge resonates in the now, but just a bit too late and out of time!

This first series is made in collaboration with Manifold Books, Amsterdam. With thanks to AFK.

Archivist: Nell Donkers
Design: Bardhi Haliti
Publisher: Stichting de Appel

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