This is just the beginning. The Collection Online is a continuously growing digital archive of primary source material collected by individual practitioners and researchers in cities across Asia. The initial launch represents a small portion (over 7,000 items) of AAA’s repository of 300,000 digital images, correspondences, artists’ personal documents, and streaming audio and video of performance art, artist talks, lectures, and other art events, with material being added as it becomes available. The Collection Online currently includes material from several Special Collections: the Zhang Xiaogang Archive, the Mao Xuhui Archive, and the Zhang Peili Archive, each part of the Research Project Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990; Salon Natasha Archive and Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center Archive from Vietnam; The Chabet Archive: Covering Fifty Years of the Artist's Materials; and Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram, each of which can serve as micro-narratives within regional art histories.
The material in the Archive is the result of AAA’s varied and extensive research activity. Five projects are currently underway and will be added to the Collection Online upon completion.
PRESERVATION THROUGH SHARING
Above all else, the Collection Online is about preservation through sharing and distribution of information rather than about accumulating physical objects. AAA gladly accepts digital copies of material held elsewhere and maps complementary resources to share information and avoid the duplication of efforts.
Though AAA has a policy of openness, it does not have the permission to make everything in its collection available through the Collection Online platform. Material available for online viewing is provided in the screen-friendly resolution of 72 ppi. All of the material in the collection can be viewed in high resolution on-site and users wishing to do so are invited to visit the Archive.
Window as Façade of Salon Natasha (1980s to now)
Shop 6's Inaugural Exhibition, Manila, 1974
"Summer Guests" at Kasauli Art Centre, 1983
Vivan Sundaram's Re-take of Amrita, 2001-2002
Zhang Xiaogang's Works, 1979-1984
Geeta Kapur's Lecture Manuscripts, 1995-2010
Mao Xuhui's Guishan Series, 1984-1987
Roberto Chabet's China Collages, 1980 - 1990s
AAA Collection Available Online
- AAA Programmes Online
- Salon Natasha Archive
- Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center Archive
- Zhang Peili Archive | Materials of the Future
- Mao Xuhui Archive | Materials of the Future
- Zhang Xiaogang Archive | Materials of the Future
- Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram
- The Chabet Archive : Covering Fifty Years of the Artist's Materials