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Seven Rules for the Anti-Archive
(Vow of Chastity)


Each day, all content must be erased and replaced.


When erased, content will no longer be available online, but only in an off-line repository.


Past content is only available via an email request for archival files to the Anti-Archive custodian.


All content must be uploaded “by hand”, no automated posting allowed.


All content must have some degree of originality. The Anti-Archive is not a “mood board”.


The Anti-Archive is evolutionary. The rules can be bent as long as they maintain the spirit of the Anti-Archive.


All theory, manifestos, notes, rules, etc. regarding the anti-archive are preserved under the ⚀ tab.


Anti-Archive Reading List No. 1:
Archives & Atifacts

A Handmade Web
J.R. Carpenter

Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography
Guy Debord

Archive Fever
Jacques Derrida

Skroll, Skim, Stare
Orit Gat

Data Roaming
Orit Gat

Art Workers: Between Utopia and the Archive
Boris Groys

The Suspicious Archive: A Prejudiced Interpretation of the Interpretation of Archives, Part I
James T. Hong

Art Which Can’t Be Art
Alan Kaprow

29,771 days: On Kawara’s Workload
Michael Ned Holte

Anti-Archive Reading List No. 2:

Belief & Technique for Modern Prose (1955)
Jack Kerouac

Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules (1965)
Sister Corita Kent

Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969)
Sol Lewitt

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (1971)
John Baldessari

Oblique Strategies (1975)
Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt

Ten Commandments for Gilbert and George (1995)
Gilbert & George

Dogme 95 Vow of Chastity (1995)
Lars von Trier & Thomas Vinterberg

The Vow of Chastity (2001/2005)
John Morgan