I have put together one of a series of exhibitions gathered under the banner Floorplan for an Institution, which is taking place at Meter Room in Coventry. Each curated by a local artist run space. Down Stairs was given the task of imagining The Archive. It opens tomorrow night, Monday 28th January from 6pm and runs through until the end of February. I will initially be working with and presenting work by artist Elizabeth Mills alongside some of my own work.
Floorplan for an institution: The Archive
Down Stairs at Meter Room
Opens 28th January 2013, 6pm
With the recent shift to producing more media documentation than we can consume, why consciously begin an archive if it becomes un-navigable without constant administration and management? Archiving the archive is like a dog chasing it’s tale: Goes fast, gets nowhere, feels dizzy.
The Archive, curated by Craig Barnes of artist-run project space Down Stairs, offers possible approaches that create a new body of reductive archive material. Rather than ponder how to archive media which grows at an exponential rate, The Archive seeks to document the now largely undocumented incidentals: the conversations that take place between people in person.
For The Archive Craig Barnes will construct a series of large carpeted sculptures on wheels, entitled ‘Breakout zone’, which will serve as the location for a series of small meetings, discussions and workshops within Meter Room. Over documentation of these events is to be avoided. Instead, minutes of pertinent details will be taken and circulated in good time. A digest if you like.
The series of meetings will be dealing with notions of coupling discipline with invention, storytelling, redundant skill sets, ways to increase the effectiveness of memory, delegation in collaborative practice, and the question: should everybody, regardless of profession, take part in a Monday meeting?
Meter Room, 58-64 Corporation Street, Coventry, West Midlands, CV11GF