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  • 1.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholm University.
    Art + Archive: Understanding the Archival Turn in Contemporary Art2022Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Art + Archive provides an in-depth analysis of the connection between art and the archive at the turn of the twenty-first century. The book examines how the archive emerged in art writing in the mid-1990s and how its subsequent ubiquity can be understood in light of wider social, technological, philosophical and art-historical conditions and concerns. Deftly combining writing on archives from different disciplines with artistic practices, the book clarifies the function and meaning of one of the most persistent artworld buzzwords of recent years, shedding light on the conceptual and historical implications of the so-called archival turn in contemporary art.

  • 2.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Critique and Post-critique in Contemporary Art History: Excessive Attachment to Suspicion in Academia and Beyond2021In: Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, ISSN 1474-0222, E-ISSN 1741-265X, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 42-65Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay offers a broad look at the way critique as amode,method, and attitude in postwarart history research and teaching intersects with occurrences of critique in humanitiesscholarship and teaching generally, but also how distorted forms of critique occur incontexts outside the academic field. The essay outlines concerns raised by humanitiesscholars with what they consider to be an over-reliance on critique as a negative skill,resulting in scholarship that tears down without building up, and self-satisfied debunkingof anything that does not stand up to the current era’s identity politics. The essay arguesthat the question of critique is of particular urgency to the field of contemporary art.Here critique is embedded in the material studied—artworks, artistic practices, anddiscourses—and therefore in dire need of being understood, challenged, and decenteredas a method.

  • 3.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Depletion of Identity, Productive Uncertainty, and Radical Archiving: New Research on the Archival Turn2017In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 86, no 4, p. 330-338Article, review/survey (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    I efterklangen av det omtumlande 60-talet2021In: Svenska dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 2021-05-01 Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 5.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Please Take it & Re-use It: Muybridge’s Motion Studies at Work in Present-day Visual Culture2022In: Media Theory, ISSN 2557-826X, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 45-72Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay examines three instances where Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies have been referenced and reused in present-day visual culture—a scientific experiment that encoded a GIF of a galloping horse into bacterial DNA (2017); a project where multiple frames from the horse-in-motion series were tattooed onto eleven different people (2014); and an activist video that used images of animals from the series to argue for the urgency of species extinction and environmental catastrophe (2019). The author’s central argument is that, in addition to the more or less clearly stated intentions of this image-use, these transmediations of Muybridge’s historical photographic images also activate and extend questions and concerns from recent media theory: contributing to notions such as image ecology and image liveness, and proposing challenges to established distinctions between new/old media, still/moving images, and material/immaterial media qualities. A further suggestion is that their ability to carry out complex theoretical work relating to present-day media practices can help explain why these images have come to have such staying power in visual culture a century and a half after they were first made.

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    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Referenshantering: lager, ekon och reflektioner i Lina Selanders Model of Continuation2019In: Kontextualisering: teoretiska tillämpningar i konstvetenskap: 2 / [ed] Hans Hayden, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2019, p. 171-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I ”Referenshantering: Lager, ekon och reflektioner i Lina Selanders Model of Continuation” diskuterar Sara Callahan ett samtida konstverk utifrån tre olika kontext- och referenslager. Som titeln antyder ligger fokus på Lina Selanders videoverk Model of Continuation (2013) som i texten fungerar som ett typexempel på en samtida konstpraktik som bearbetar och re-kontextualiserar existerande bilder och filmfragment, i det här fallet varvat med konstnärens nyfilmade material. Denna praktik kan sägas bygga vidare på 1970- och 80-talets approprieringspraktiker, men med en tydligare fokus på bilders funktion i historieskrivning och en komplex själv-reflexivitet där bilden blir synlig som just konstruerad bild, alltid filtrerad genom visuella teknologier. Här innefattar och innefattas varje bild av olika ramar, temporaliteter och referenser, vilket innebär en rad specifika utmaningar för den konstvetenskapliga tolkaren. Kapitlet diskuterar hur ett verk blir betydelsebärande genom att kontextualiseras utifrån tre olika infallsvinklar. Den första delen diskuterar kontextualisering i relationen mellan text och bild i verket. Den andra delen använder begreppet montage för att dels diskutera sammansättningen av olika bilder och filmfragment, dels för att analysera det specifika verket i relation till konstnärens hela oeuvre. Kapitlets tredje del analyserar verket i relation till vidare konst- film- och fototeoretiska diskussioner. 

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  • 7.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    "The Analogue": Conceptual Connotations of a Historical Medium2018In: The Power of the In-Between: Intermediality as a Tool for Aesthetic Analysis and Critical Reflection / [ed] Sonya Peterson, Christer Johansson, Magdalena Holdar, Sara Callahan, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press , 2018, p. 287-320Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay considers how a number of artworks mobilize what is tentatively termed “the analogue.” “The analogue” highlights artistic practices that implicitly or explicitly evoke themes and concepts associated with analogue photography. The essay argues that the so-called digital turn opens the possibility of tapping into analogue photography as a conceptual and cultural sensitivity distinguishable from the technique. It is the discourse of analogue photography that is key, not the technological process itself—therefore “the analogue” can be evoked also in works that are produced digitally. The essay explores how “the analogue” can be a productive way of analyzing specific artworks by artists such as Lotta Antonsson, Brian Ganter, Joachim Koester, Zoe Leonard, Vera Lutter, Joel Sternfeld, and Akram Zaatari. Contemporary artworks located within a postconceptual tradition can be said to have a built-in self-reflexive relationship to medium whereby the method and technique of production are always intimately intertwined with the artwork’s content and meaning. With that in mind, this paper shows how the selected artworks can be analyzed precisely in terms of this interplay between medium as technique and medium as concept and content. The essay adapts and modifies the analytical tools of intermediality to fit the specific conditions of contemporary photographic practices among artists, and shows that the artists considered in the text evoke both the documentary, evidentiary connotations 

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  • 8.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    The Archive Art Phenomenon: History and Critique at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century2018Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation investigates the relationship between art and archive at the turn of the twenty-first century. The object of study is the phenomenon of archive art, understood as a combination of theories of the archive, artworks, and different kinds of texts (catalogues, scholarly articles, critical essays, etc.) delineating the art here called archive art. The study has been conducted by cross-reading the different elements that make up the phenomenon of archive art with various discourses and developments both within and outside the artworld. It investigates how the archive became a ubiquitous reference in art discourse and the functions and implications the notion has within an art context.

    Each of the dissertation’s six chapters adds to and builds on the previous, thereby examining an increasingly thickening web of conceptual relations. Chapter I examines five texts about archive art written between 1995 and 2008. Chapter II outlines writings about archives from other disciplines frequently referenced in art discourse, and shows how this “archive theory” (including works by Foucault, Derrida and others) overlaps in many ways with the Institutional Theory of Art. Chapter III analyses the archive art phenomenon by juxtaposing three different aspects of the tension between materiality and immateriality: the artwork as object or idea; connotations of analogue and digital technology; and different notions of traditional and poststructural forms of history writing. Chapter IV is concerned with the role of the artist as historian, archivist and researcher, and examines how the discourse around studio-based research overlaps with the different modes of historical truth-claims outlined in the previous chapter. This chapter also analyses references to research as process and form in archive art discourse. Chapter V examines different kinds of critique of institutions and shows how the archive art phenomenon intersects with a critical paradigm in the academy and beyond. Chapter VI ties together many results of the previous discussions by analysing the archive art phenomenon within a broader historical context. The chapter shows that history, the presumed subject of much archive art, can also be considered indicative of a shift away from a grounding of the art object within a teleological art history, toward an institutionally defined concept of art as an archival structure. In that sense the archive art phenomenon is analysed both as a resistance to, and a symptom of, what some have called the presentism of the current era.  

    The archive is an example of what Mieke Bal terms a “travelling concept”, as it moves between and within disciplines and contexts. The ubiquity of the concept in art discourse is part of a broader “turn” to the archive, however, this study shows that the archive takes on meaning specific to the contemporary artworld. The notion of the archive here functions as a short-cut for theorizing artists’ interest in the material traces of the past (the concrete, “dusty” archive) as well as their critical investigation of the post-1960s artworld (the archive as metaphor and structure). What may seem like a mere trend within contemporary art discourse, is thus shown to have functions and implications that interlock with the conceptual grounding of contemporary art.

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  • 9.
    Callahan, Sara
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Vad är egentligen värt vår uppmärksamhet?2020In: Svenska dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 2020-05-09Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Kulturen formas av vår relation till naturens rytm och uppmärksamheten på det långsamma. Men naturen är också filtrerad genom kulturen. En ny utställning och SVT:s succé med älg-tv ställer frågor om vad som förtjänar vår uppmärksamhet – och vad som förtjänar vår distraktion.

  • 10.
    Callahan, Sara
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Hällgren, Anna-Maria
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    Krispinsson, Charlotta
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för kultur och estetik.
    A Farewell to Critique? Reconsidering Critique as Art Historical Method2020In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 89, no 2, p. 61-65Article in journal (Other academic)
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