The name, Sojourn, means a “temporary stay”, but the consequence of one of these weeks of work is almost the opposite. Sojourns arrest time, delving into the past with an eye toward the future, seeking to preserve the ideas, actions, and projects carried out by so many colleagues throughout ICA’s history. Preservation here means more than simply halting the decay of paper and the fading of memory; it means making these ideas and methods accessible and relevant now. It means putting hundreds of thousands of pages and photos and countless hours of tape and video onto a website that reaches people who have never before heard of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.
The week of October 21st through 27th, 2018, focused on defining and building out the contents of the nine primary collections that users will navigate when the ICA Global Archives website launches later this year.