The archive consists of books, magazines, ephemera, videos, and other printed matter for public access, with some holdings available for circulation and others viewable in person at B R U N A. The following page shares information about the archive including images and excerpts from its holdings as well as conversations about the research projects undertaken here.
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To activate the archive, a number of research projects are currently in development from Curatorial Fellow ROBERT Yerachmiel Sniderman and Archival Research Fellow BAILEY Cheney.
Archival Research on conceptions of “home”
Image: readme by BAILEY Cheney
Can you tell us a little bit about your research project for B R U N A?
BAILEY Cheney (BC): Sure. It has to do with my personal experience of and a more conceptual investigation of “home.” For example, for me, the loss of our family’s telephone landline sealed my understanding of “home” when I was a child. Looking back, a phone number for me was not simply a memorized, reliable string of digits that could bring me to wherever home was.
What was your concept of home as a child?
BC: In my family, home was defined by generations of uncertain migration and past-due rent. And, to try and be more at home in America, this meant that in our family Johanns became Johns and Jésuses became Jesses. The fact is that our family experience was in sharp contrast to those of my classmates’ who were whiter and richer. There was no spatial permanence, no means for understanding how to belong somewhere even if there was a place to do so. The location of home was obscured, its destination entirely flexible, and it became useless in its traditional definition. It became intangible, only achievable through imaginary means.
Was there a way you were able to create a home for yourself as a child?
BC: Yes, through immovable traces of code, archived and infinite, I could make a kind of digital refuge and develop the closest sensation I have ever felt to being home. In this archival project, I want to correspond with “the user” through various virtual means like what I would have utilized while growing up (e.g., instant messages, locked desktop folders, old versions of email). I want to share and detail moments of sanctuary-searching in each message. This virtual means would be a way of translating my personal experiences of “home” by creating a documented “correspondence” with confidants or readers of the archive.