The Institute of the 21st Century (i21c) is a public benefit arts initiative to stabilize and digitally archive the entirety of Hans Ulrich Obristâ€™s Interview Project. Initiated in 2010, the Institute was started in the spirit of historian Eric Hobsbawmâ€™s call to â€śprotest against forgettingâ€ť those who have forever changed the landscape of contemporary culture.
Obristâ€™s invaluable discussions and interviews have been recorded over two decades on various electronic mediums; over 2,500 hours of recordings exist. i21c is currently in the process of digitizing the interview tapes, beginning with the earliest ones most in dangerÂ of being lost.
Image:Â Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewing architect Andrea Brazi at the 2010 Architecture Biennale in Venice, part of the Interview Project and organized by the Institute of the 21st Century. Courtesy the Institute of the 21st Century (i21c).