Archives inhabit and reflect our temporal realities. To show us evidence of the past; to record this, here, now; to aid us in looking to the future. Archives show the very human construction of continuum. From an archival perspective, time and timelessness are a perpetual push-pull. We work to preserve the historical record in perpetuity, but we must balance that with the imperative and finite use of materials. We wonder what to save for an historical record that contains yesterday, today, and all the things we take for granted. We build metadata constructs to cement content and context for what we hope is a very long time. The human perception of the passage of time is deeply fluid, but waypoints, like summers or school years or decades or centuries, are vital to understanding our world. But in the deliberate marking of time, we often overlook the timelessness of process. The archive of the Metaproject work allows us to pause and engage with that–each thing must grow one step at a time, and like the archive that growth is ongoing. Designers seem to understand this particularly well. So we are proud to add some of the labor and imagination of Metaproject designers to the story of RIT.
Ella von Holtum, Assistant Archivist
RIT Archive Collections, Cary Graphic Arts Collection