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The Autonomous Archive — A collective project by Giulia de Giovanelli, Max Franklin and Franc González / Coding and analogue photography by Max Franklin

For the project “Interfacing the Law” we are working on the archive of the historical living-community Vereniging Poortgebouw, based in Rotterdam. Aim of this project is to build a local “archival-machine”, to encourage the collaborative collection of materials that maps the legality of the Poortgebouw. Through designing a digital interface of mediation for the collection of the community’s documents, we plan on building an open and active archival “machine”. Open as being build upon the media-wiki platform where people can implement and interact with the archive; the tools utilized re-activate the documents allowing for new interactions and understandings. Active as builded on a local computer that will serve for the present and future generation of inhabitants to access the documents and store new materials. We want to imagine the interface of the archive as a window on the history of the legalization process of the community.

The building was first squatted in 1980 and 4 years after legalized. The legalization was made possible by the renovation of the building into a livable space and the dedication of the first group of people that could then establish their living group with an official rent contract.
“Since then, the house has not only served residential needs but has also hosted social and cultural interaction and has provided a number of public “windows” into diverse non-profit oriented activities. Lots of cultural activities and as well legal struggles build the history of the Poortgebouw. For our project we want to picture and give structure to the series of legal transitions of the history of the community.
Poortgebouw, Rotterdam 2017The Autonomous Archive instructions book

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