The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
One of the systems used by participating artists to gather information during their research project in Tucumán, Argentina, was this simple questionnaire. It covers six basic areas of interest: family, work, health, education, housing, and standard of living (diet, furniture, etc.)
Tucumán Arde, the best-known group event ever produced by the avant-garde of both Buenos Aires and Rosario, took place in 1968, when radical political and artistic unrest came to a head in various parts of the world. The event involved a complex combination of research, counter-information, and a massive public awareness campaign. As part of the research process, a large number of artists (mainly from Rosario) traveled to the province of Tucumán where— with the help of union members, journalists, and other supporters—they worked secretly to document the social conditions at the sugar mills (that had been closed), schools, hospitals, etc. The objective was to expose the truth about the official government campaign concerning the so-called Operativo Tucumán [Tucumán Operation]. The artists involved resorted to a variety of tactics, such as making recordings, taking photographs, and shooting films. To avoid any chance of the documentation falling into the hands of the security forces in the region, it was sent every day to the city of Rosario, where it was processed by a group of supporters.