Subject: CX4 - Context & Culture 4
Course: Diploma of Visual Art (21885VIC)
Unit of Competency: VPAU014 - Manage creative and professional self
Class 11 -Managing creative content - introduction
Artists and the Archive.
This has become a "hot" topic in recent years, although it has always been something that artists have engaged with in different ways. How do artists engage with the archive as a basis for making art, and as a means of keeping art?
Over the next couple of weeks we will work on a project involving the documentation of your own work, and you will be considering the use of the archive in your own work.
Here's a brief intro to just a few of the many artists that have engaged with the archive over the past 100 years...
Can anyone think of other contemporary examples? The show at MUMA - Liquid Archive for example...
Future-proofing for Creative Practitioners
Research and Discussion Topics: Some ideas for creative practitioners & contemporary artists to incorporate archival practices into their creative practices...
What is preservation? What is archiving? What is a keeping-place?
Digital Media Preservation – methods – storage, emulation, migration, reinterpretation.
What is Variable media? How can we deal with variable media artworks? What are we trying to preserve?
What’s happening out there? – cultural institutions & organisations, open-source code & apps, research, art projects, other?
You can save your work as Word docs or OpenOffice files - whatever format will allow you to keep working on the assessment task. You may also post this content to your blog.
Homework / Readings
Read the excerpts provided and consider how these texts might relate to your own creative practice.
Keep adding content to you blog
Work on the third assessment task - managing your creative content.
As this is my special area of interest, you might like to peruse my online exegesis titled, "The Blackaeonium Project: Workspace/Keeping-Place - An Archival Continuum of Creative Practice": http://exegesis.blackaeonium.net
for some more direct links...
Variable Media Network / Forging the Future
Dekker, Annet (ed) 2010, Archive2020: Sustainable Archiving of Born–Digital Cultural Content, Virtueel Platform, May 2010
Derrida, Jacques 1996, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, University of Chicago Press, USA
Dietz, Steve 2005, “Collecting New Media Art: Just Like Anything Else, Only Different”, in Bruce Altshuler, ed. Collecting the New, Princeton University Press: Princeton and Oxford
Eden, Xandra (curator) et al 2008, The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Enwezor, Okwui 2008, Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New York, USA and Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
Fino-Radin, Ben 2011, Digital Preservation Practices and the Rhizome Artbase, Rhizome at the New Museum, Rh
Harding, Anna (ed) 2002, Potential: Ongoing Archive, p.51, published by Artimo, Anna Harding & the John Hansard Gallery, UKizome.org viewed 12/01/2012, <http://media.rhizome.org/blog/8332/rhizome-digital-preservation-practices.pdf>
Manoff, Marlene 2004, Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines”, Project Muse portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2004), pp. 9–25. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
MCA 2012, MCA Contemporary Art Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art, viewed 03/01/2012, <http://www.mca.com.au/artists-and-works/mca-collection/about-mca-collection/contemporary-art-archive/>
Merewether, C. (ed) 2006, The Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Morris, Frances 1998, “Art Now: Sophie Calle”, Tate Online, Tate Britain, viewed 10/10/2010, <http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/artnow/sophiecalle/default.shtm>
Pederson, Ann 2001, “Basic concepts and principles of archives and records management”, Understanding Society Through its Records, John Curtain University, viewed 12/03/2007, <http://john.curtin.edu.au/society/archives/management.html>
SAA (Society of American Archivists), 2004, Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology, Society of American Archivists, last viewed 17/9/2004, <http://www.archivists.org/glossary>
Spieker, Sven. (2008). The Big Archive: art from bureaucracy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, The MIT Press (Copyright, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Warnke, Martin & Wedemeyer, Carmen 2010, “Documenting Artistic Networks: Anna Oppermann’s Ensembles Are Complex Networks!”, Leonardo, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 258–259, 2011