charlie macquarie

I am an artist, archivist, and experimental librarian. I work with landscape, infrastructure, documentation, and collection to probe the nuances of archives, history, and identity in the fraught and often racist Western USA.

I make digital and physical libraries as the Library of Approximate Location, and I install them down dirt roads around California, Nevada, Utah, and beyond. I'd love to come install one near you, so please invite me.

I formerly co-presented PLACE TALKS, a visual lecture series on location that takes place at the Prelinger Library, with Nicole Lavelle. Speaking of the Prelinger Library, I am also a librarian in residence there. (I am currently on hiatus from hosting, but I will be back!)

I mostly make money by working as an archivist, most recently as the Digital Archivist at the University of California, San Francisco, but I am not currently employed. As part of this work generally, I collaborate a lot with other Archivists to make documentation and collections that further our field. Some recent work that I'm especially proud of is this and this.

I also maintain an occassional newsletter that is sometimes about my creative practice but is really more about whatever other stuff is on my mind. Subscribe to it here: You can also read past issues here, if you want to go there.

I am suspicious of the archive

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