verb- make (something) greater by adding to it; increase.
noun- a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.
Augmented Archive is a mash-up of digital animation, sound, and found photos. Artist Rodell Warner plays with the apparent narratives presented in the photos, to engage in, and invite, contemplation of the lives and histories of the people and places in the photos. He considers doing this work as an intervention in the representation of these people and places, one that makes imaginative, alternative evaluations more possible.
Rodell is interested in the ways in which available and emergent technologies shape the creation and existences, proliferation, and propagation of these images, both in their original forms and when sampled, edited, or remixed, and how those technologies leave their marks on the images.
The first iteration in this series is comprised of the seven videos presented here (Augmented Archive 001-007) and are all based on images shot in the Caribbean near the middle of the 20th Century. Warner will continue building on this series to develop two more iterations of the Augmented Archive, which will explore and sample images from archives in different locations, periods of history, and from different groups of people throughout the world. This three-fold series will be developed over the next year 2020 - 2021.