The Last Archive was founded in December 2012 by Vlad Basalici, an artist who lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.
This archive contains newspapers from all over the world that were published on December 21st 2012, the day that had been predicted to be the last day before the Apocalypse. The newspapers were gathered after a public call with the generous support of people from different continents, who sent journals published in their countries.
The point of interest for The Last Archive is not the apocalypse itself, but rather the relationship between the end of the world and the news. We ask ourselves what the role of mass media is: to exacerbate or to exhaust the novelty of the end of all things?
These are strange times when newspapers are soon to be extinct, being replaced instead by the internet as the source for news. It isn’t yet the apocalypse for newspapers, but we can see everywhere the signs of the end for the printed era.
Today we are launching a fundraising campaign to bring an artist that will create a work of art to engage The Last Archive.
Here is the link for this campaign