Hard to Press Down into a Database: Miralda and the Food Cultura Project
After decades of extensive travels and permanent homes in Paris, New York and Miami, a few years ago Miralda decided to settle in Barcelona and bring together all of his archive materials, until then dispersed among the artist’s former dwellings. For that purpose he hired a large industrial loft in Poblenou –the former factory district in Barcelona–, where he would gradually store, in rows of high shelves, more and more archive boxes that were arriving from various places all over the world.
Miralda’s archive encompasses souvenirs, fragments of his art works, books, cooking and eating artefacts from all over the world, artist publications, contributions by visitors to his many interactive installations, photographs, press clippings… In 2011, he requested us to help him create a database which would help him manage such a complex pattern of archive and artistic materials. Ideally, this database should allow the description of individual objects, bring together archive documents and art works, convey the relationships among them… and, at the same time, be easy to use for non-archivists.
The result of our collaboration was a tailored FileMaker Pro template which allows individual registers for each item, keeps track of management records (such as exhibitions where every item, be it an artwork or a document, is shown), and will soon feed content to the artist website as well.
More info about Miralda and Food Cultura here.