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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 ➔ Unstable Databases & Volatile Taxonomies


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Melanie Crean (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Aneta Genova (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Mala Kumar (designer)


May 10 2016


Unstable Databases and Volatile Taxonomies is an archival installation that looks at a found collection of unlabeled 35mm Kodachrome film slides taken by the artist’s grandfather in the 60s, and is centered around a finding aid that is calibrated to material of a more personal and intimate nature to draw out unexpected connections and ideas while providing multiple lenses through which to make sense of memory, human experience, and loss—while simultaneously questioning these systems of classification. The installation explores the tension in the natural impulse to impose linear narratives over unstable and complex structures while concurrently providing a method for piecing together stories that live outside the scope of traditional archival institutions in order to map the histories that are buried in the footnotes.




Mala Kumar. Unstable Databases & Volatile Taxonomies. May 10 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 17 Oct 2019.

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