Archipelago Network is a non-profit organization founded in 2019 with the aim of preserving, documenting and exhibiting audiovisual cultural heritage on the Cycladic islands. It involves two central components: the creation of a localized 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 resource of narratives. Engaging the Cycladic islands individually and comparatively, the archive and residency create a digital and physical platform for preserving and imagining these island communities as complex, hybrid spaces: simultaneously local and transnational, insular and diasporic, real and imagined. In its initial cycle of activity, Archipelago Network will collaborate with a team of experienced professionals and specialized external collaborators, digitize at-risk audiovisual heritage, and commission a range of research. The resulting material will be presented on an online platform, and related on-site public events.
The founding of the Archipelago Network and its first activities were made possible with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), as part of its efforts to open up access to knowledge and culture.