Programs of Preservation
The physical integrity of the Archive’s holdings are constantly at risk from environmental influences, both external (outside the Body) and internal (within the Body). Through environmental controls, these threats are identified and mitigated. The primary threats to the Archive have been identified as starvation and disposal due to instability (physical and emotional). Additional threats include moisture, lice, fire, wild animals, theft, random violence, bacteria, old age, overdose, natural decay, hurricanes, infection, trichotillomania, periodontal disease, predatory financial institutions, sun damage, flood, rats and mice, instability of substrate, weevils, unemployment and black mold.
Storage management refers to a number of programs implemented by the Archive which pertain to the physical storage and preservation of the Archive’s holdings. Storage management establishes guidelines on portability, storage containers, techniques for preparing substrates, methods for storing loose and bound records and oversize materials, techniques for reducing concentrates, and creation of preservation supplies.
The Archive of Poverty is not buffered in its experience of disaster, therefore disaster preparedness is crucial to preservation of holdings. In the event of a disaster (natural or otherwise) it is the policy of the Archive to protect its institutional center (the Body) at all costs. In the event of a disaster, the Archive’s external holdings may be disposed of unceremoniously. Therefore, the primary goal of the Archive’s disaster preparedness program is the conversion of entries of first degree importance to tattoo form. Subsequent goals and programs function to bring the Archive closer to the Body.
Unprotected Sexual Intercourse
The Archive of Poverty instituted its first program of unprotected sex in October of 2010. While the program is yet to demonstrate effectiveness, it relies on biological urgency to create a replication of the Body/Archive through sexual reproduction. The Program of Unprotected Sexual Intercourse is an unintentional and experimental preservation program and has been suspended several times by the Trojan Initiative, the Plan B Intervention, and prescription Lessina. This is a program of last resort as it puts the Body/Archive at risk.
Digital Reformatting and Reproduction
In order to increase the boundaries of the Body/Archive into a digital infrastructure, and therefore increase permanence, the Archive has instituted a program of digital presence. The Archive will attempt to proliferate its documents within the digital realm in the form of Poor Images (“an itinerant image distributed for free, squeezed through slow digital connections, compressed, reproduced, ripped, remixed, as well as copied and pasted into other channels of distribution”) (Steyerl 1).
The Archive may exist online in the form of posts on Facebook, grainy YouTube videos, errant Captchas, PDF2JPGs, JPG2PDFs, Craigslist posts, revenge porn image board posts, image macros, image micros, AutoFills, deviant .Gifs and ZIP files.