Project i-rchive wants to develop a digitalised archive, collecting the journeys of newly arrived individuals, specifically refugees, in Europe.
Archives act as protected spaces whose sole purpose is to document. Usually established through institutions, i-rchive wants to turn the archival idea upside down and create a people’s archive, from people for people. Open, accessible, individual, and neutral; i-rchive is setting the path for including these values within the current debate on refugees. i-rchive wants to shift the “refugee issue” into a new paradigm. Due to the advent of technology border crossing were live-streamed on YouTube, shared and discussed on Facebook, Google maps was used for navigation and thus smartphones have become our most critical and invaluable tool.
The core idea is to set up to a digital archive with mobile phone materials from newly arrived refugees. The project wants to collect personal moments and digital materials which were originally taken on their phone for the purpose of documenting their individual paths in their private spheres. This digital archive attempts to revolutionise story telling techniques by allowing the marginalised group an opportunity to own their own
stories. Through a European-based open call i-rchive invites everyone to submit personal photographs, which will become the core of project. These materials constitute the core element for the digital archival platform, which will be eventually exhibited in Berlin, published in a printed publication, used within educational seminars, and in cooperation with journalists. The platform will allow organic and continuous growth of information and accessibility. The project is under development.