Storyflock is the name of a collection of digital objects. Digital objects are understood to be digitally native entities. The peculiar thing about digitally native objects is that their form can be transformed once they have any one given form and it is impossible to find out a narrative of their transformation.

The act of collecting digital objects does not elevate them in any way. On the contrary, the intention is to celebrate and retain the ethnicity of the object as much as possible. Objects do not possess any character. Whatever character is projected on them is artificial and fake. It does not stick to the object per se and remains aloof from it. This aloofness forms a layer or narrative which is very interesting for digital collectors. Because this layer is simultaneously present with the actual presence of the object. Any and all attempts to project on it and any remnant of the failed attempt to project on it — each leaves a mark behind of some kind.

In their base form digital objects are pixels, it is only narrative projections of one kind or another that allow them to be be believed in. Digital collectors try to be specialists at handling this material. Digital material is not new to us, but it isn’t old either. Transformation, decay and assorted physical processes have prevented objects from becoming truly digital. The concept of truly digital has vexed us collectively and we might not even be fully close to it’s full meaning…

Like all material forms, the digital also does not reveal itself to us fully. it reveals itself to us only in bits, parts and spurts…to know it fully, can only be an incomplete aspiration if we desire to fulfil it in the short term. We can create an enquiry of sorts as a part of which we look into the conditions of digital-hood and details of its material nature. What I feel there is an equal amount to be learnt from a theoretical understanding of the subject as there is by a practical exploration of the digital space. Social media is exploding with content. Much of it is is purely made for the engaging the other. It lacks any self-reflective content.

There is a strong identification with different positions within social media platforms. There are leaders and cool figures, figures who seem to have a sense of what people want and there are those who seem to be indifferent…

These figures need to be identified and the spaces they occupy/leave unused needs to be marked out to identify the latent narrative potential of the social media space. Social media spaces can be used for far more than posturing.

What is the Collection envisioned as and what will it shape into?

The collection will comprise of pictures, text and textures. The format is open because we intend to scout for the material that exists in the digital format. Criteria are being articulated for each of these content-types for all of us to know what will be included in the collection and what not.

These criteria will be updated as we go along and progress our understanding of what the Collection is.

~ Prayas Abhinav