Common ground, the living material of history
The conference began with a reflection on the use of archives in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - Common Ground - curated by David Chipperfield (August 29, 25 November 2012). The theme of the exhibition has led the participants to reflect on issues concerning "continuity, context, memory and shared expectations". Participants were encouraged by the curator to demonstrate the importance of the influence and continuity of cultural engagement, illustrating "common ideas that form the basis of an architectural culture."
In Common Ground, 'History' is a living material: many installations incorporate archive materials and archives into a circuit of emotions, in a visionary perspective that broadens the possibilities of use. Archives and Exhibits was born from the observation that there are other ways of using archives in addition to the usual ones aimed at the historiography research.