Gillian Sagansky (BA ’12)

Web History: A Portrait, 2014


In Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, Benjamin says that historical refuse offers more perspective than the cold hard facts written down in history books. Benjamin looks to the outdated, the discarded objects, the trash of history, as evidence of a portrait. As our world moves from the physical to the intangible, I have looked to the fragments, the remains, the outdated history, to form mine. These stale textual inquiries collected from my browser over a course of three days say more than a traditional portrait ever could. This information- used and chewed up – is my past, present, and future. It will always be a part of me. Web history is our contemporary refuse.