Digital Surrogates is an artwork that takes the form of an online archive corresponding to FRAGMENTS (2016–ongoing). The archive features documentation of artworks, exhibitions, research material and critical writing that Rayyane Tabet has collected since 2015. Driven by a desire to make the material accessible, he identified the digital as the only ‘space’ in which documentation of his artistic engagements in image, text and time-based media could be easily housed and widely accessed on one platform.
Tabet has designed the archive as a relational and expanding database—decidedly not an online exhibition or a digitized version of an already-existing artwork—and this form works to offset any singular authorial gesture or historical narrative. Visitors to the site, may engage with Digital Surrogates through a variety of search terms, including person, artwork, exhibition and publication. The results from that search will display those records that currently share those assigned markers or filters.