In It Takes More than the Past to Understand and Build the Archive (2020), a video essay commissioned for the 10th issue of Stedelijk Studies on “the Future of Digital Archives and Collections,” glitch artist Rosa Menkman tells the story of her renowned work A Vernacular of File Formats (2010). The video describes the historical, social, and chance contexts that instigated her research into image encoding and data syntax systems, and how our relationship to our own images and data have evolved since.

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