INSITE Journal
Dieter Roelstraete
MINUTE MADE
Where History Was, Memory Shall Be
2021
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Dieter Roelstraete
MINUTE MADE
Where History Was, Memory Shall Be
2021
Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984, 81.
“The Way of the Shovel: On the Archaeological Imaginary in Art” was published in e-flux journal #4 in March 2009; The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology was organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in the fall of 2013.  
The artists either discussed or featured in The Way of the Shovel (both essay and exhibition) whose names are worth repeating in this regard—artists who have led the way in defining this so-called “historiographic” turn in art—are Mariana Castillo Deball, Phil Collins, Moyra Davey, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Stan Douglas, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Joachim Koester, Susanne Kriemann, Goshka Macuga, Deimantas Narkevicius, Michael Rakowitz, Anri Sala, and Simon Starling. Many more artist names could be added to this list, though there is admittedly a certain element of generational bias at work in this grouping: these are almost without exception artists born between 1965 and 1975—in their impressionable teens and twenties, in other words, when “History” was said to have come (or been brought) to a halt in the late eighties and early nineties. (Full disclosure: I am their contemporary, a child of the early 1970s.)