Critical Paths into DH : Walid Raad

My Neck is Thinner than a Hair, by Walid Raad (1996-2004)

[Contribution by Kevin Hamilton]

The work of Lebanese artist Walid Raad, as exemplified in the Atlas Group projects, the Arab Image Foundation, or his more recent Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, has been essential to my own encounters with archive-construction in the Digital Humanities. As I look at both the new archival projects under construction in DH, or the new platforms emerging to support such efforts, I’m thankful for the ways that Raad’s work reminds us of the imaginative and speculative potential of archiving.

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