Archiving is an important practice for leaving traces, narratives and material for further exploration. But what to archive? What is an archive for listening(?) – which could be the attempt relevant for Bureau for Listening.

In the service of listening – is there perhaps a meaningfulness in not generating a practice of archiving? To let the narratives and traces be scattered… to insist of the openness, and sabotage any build up of a narrative for listening, by not offering material to support one. This seems speculative.


We hope to archive elements of interest to existence of this bureau. So far, do we not have any objective and persisting criteria for this practice.

We wonder in general; what is the connection between listening and an archive? What kind of listening-practice should/could we activate in the process of archiving?