Subject: CCE - Context & Culture - 2015
Class 10 - Contemporary Art Practices & Creativity - Future-proofing for Artists
1. 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 – recognised 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?
Discuss these in class and/or conduct research on one or two areas listed above that interest you. Write up your findings on your blog.
Some issues to consider: http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/visualarts/museums/MuseumModule.html
2. The next task - Assessment Task 2 - Documenting & Managing Creative Content Project
See the Assessment Task 2 brief in the Unit Guide on page 9 - Unit Guide
Today we will work on writing an Archival Plan.
Writing an Archival Plan
Describe how you are keeping your creative development and production content for art projects you are undertaking throughout the course. What about other work? Make a plan for your creative content archival collection. Describe your Collection. What will you keep? How will you keep it? Where will you keep it? Write a short statement about your plan for your own personal archive. Think about reviewing it each year.
Things to consider:
include documentation of how you are future-proofing your own creative practice, considering the development of some of the following elements:
3. Writing an essay plan
You should now be at the stage where you develop an essay plan for your next assessment task. The essay plan will help you to identify what you want to write about and help you to structure your essay in a flowing and logical way. It will also hlep you to identify what references you need and where you can use quotes.
The essay plan will be assessed as part of the overall essay assessment task so make sure you put it together.
Here are some guides to help with this process:
Essay Plan - Study Gurus - http://www.thestudygurus.com/files/products/ESK/%5BTSG%5D%20Essay%20Plan%20Template.pdf
Write an essay Plan - State Library of Victoria -
Writing skills for Art & Design - Monash University -
Homework / Readings
Follow up on some of the references provided today and the research done in class - if you find something that interests you, you might want to make a blog post about it.
Begin thinking about the next writing task & doing some introductory research on your selected area.
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, Rhizome.org viewed 12/01/2012, <http://media.rhizome.org/blog/8332/rhizome-digital-preservation-practices.pdf>
Harding, Anna (ed) 2002, Potential: Ongoing Archive, p.51, published by Artimo, Anna Harding & the John Hansard Gallery, UK
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