Anushka Rajendran’s Airing out the Archive: A Take on Art explored annotation and marginalia via some recent issues of TAKE on Art magazine, and in doing so reiterated some of the themes that had emerged throughout the earlier Art History and Storytelling session. Rajendran observed a correlation between annotation and metadata, noting that reading is a collective act informed by a gradual accumulation of margin notes or google searches. She also considered the photocopy in this context, noting the ‘quiet act of resistance’ involved in its creation, and, in another nod to corporeality, characterising annotation as a form of gradual scarification.
"TAKE precipitated a longtime dream to connect the stories and knowledge of artists, art historians, critics, curators, gallerists and administrators, without distinction, while evolving a language for art writing that could establish camaraderie between these various wheels that propel the arts forward. It eventually took form and took off into the art world’s orbit in 2009 with the mission to infuse conversation and discourse on the arts into the phantasmagoric shell that the boom had turned art into. TAKE was committed to being a platform for its readers and writers—far apart as they might be physically—to come together in the simultaneity of its pages. I wanted the journal to not just be the end result of the efforts of its contributors, but also be the friend and the mentor that I had sought while starting out—a witness and participant to coffee table discussions, tea stall banter and the wine and cheese of the white cube—in the formal, more accessible mode of a publication."
- Excerpt from the editorial by Bhavna Kakar