Archipelago Network is an initiative for the preservation, documentation, and promotion of audiovisual heritage, culture, and material knowledge on Greece’s Cycladic islands. It involves two central components: the creation of an online audiovisual archive, and a research-based residency. Its scope is to propose an alternative form of preserving the rich and diverse heritage of these island communities in a way that conveys the specificity of their locales, linking them with researchers and artists through a renewable, open-access database. The Visual Identity we designed for Archipelago Network does have on the basis a series of 4 typefaces with the name Tp Archival. The morphology of the typefaces is inspired by the imperfect/perfect letterings we have seen on ships, docs and harbor environments on our personal travels in the Archipelago. Following an observation of Jacques Derrida in Archive Fever:
” The technical structure of the archiving archive also determines the structure of the archivable content even in its very coming into existence and in its relationship to the future. The archivization produces as much as it records the event.”
We aimed in our design to archive a type universe present in the Archipelago and is thus nor merely representing but also activating an existing type archive. Like the Morse code aims to establish a connection with other spaces, we hope also this Identity will network the Past with the evolving Now.