Minna Alaluusua is the world’s first artist to have stored her works in the Arctic World Archive in Svalbard. The Arctic World Archive is one of the safest places in the world to store important and valuable information. The Brazilian and Mexican national archives are among the first institutions to have stored their data there. Based on results from well-documented research projects, data stored using an innovative and modern technology has proven to last hundreds, even a thousand years when kept in optimal conditions in the Arctic World Archive in Svalbard, one of the world’s most geopolitically safe locations.
The art works Minna Alaluusua has stored in the Arctic World Archive are from her retrospective exhibition. At the same time, the act of storing them is a work of conceptual art in itself, which she is using to test how long an artist can make her works last. Besides being the artist, Minna Alaluusua has been the curator, conservator, archivist and art historian of these works.
The content of the roll of film Minna Alaluusua stored in the Arctic World Archive can be viewed here:
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The organization behind the Arctic World Archive
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