Archives are databases with more information than we can comprehend. Almost everything is accesible, but exactly because of that a lot stays hidden in the endless storage rooms of archives. In 'het Haags Gemeentearchief' I randomly requested a piece called 0757-01. It turned out to be all the annual reports of the town's pharmacy from 1906 up until 1960. This included a lot of written reports by the director of that time: A.H. Schirm. By going through the reports I could find quite a lot about Schirm's life.
The historical sensation of holding these written reports, made Schirm come alive for me. He existed within these reports. The work 0757-01: A.H. Schirm pulls Schirm out of the anonymity of the archive and turns him into a website. It is a website that celebrates the archived remains of a person, who becomes the data that is left of him.
This work was part of the Archive Live exhibition at de Academie Gallerie in Utrecht.
Archive Live Project