Unboxed: Artists and the Archive

Have you heard that the Hayward Gallery is to hold a two-day event to celebrate its re-opening in January 2018? They'll be bringing together artists, writers and curators who'll use different elements from their own archive to explore 50 years of creating radical exhibitions at the gallery. On the evening of Tuesday 5 September, the Australian artist collective Barbara Cleveland will deliver The History of Performance, a participatory work in which members of the audience will be invited to recall their memories of historic exhibitions at the Hayward. 

Installation shot of live peformance of The History of Performance at the Sydney Biennale, 2015.

Installation shot of live peformance of The History of Performance at the Sydney Biennale, 2015.

The following day artists, researchers and curators will be invited to contribute to panel discussions about why we archive particular items and how to exhibit archival material. There'll also be a series of informal sessions to allow participants to present their research projects in greater depth. Artists Larry Achiampong, Marysia Lewandowska and Florence Peake will show new work in response to the Hayward's exhibition archive, which includes material relating to two of its most significant shows - The New Art (1972) and The Other Story (1989). I'd love to be able to listen in to get some new ideas for the Art & Design Archives here at BCU!

If you're interested in working with archives, why not go along?