Curated by Anneke Jaspers & Melanie Oliver

Embodying
the archive

05 Sep — 10 Oct 2015

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., Super 8 transferred to digital and HD video (10:43), video still, 2014.

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., Super 8 transferred to digital and HD video (10:43), 2014.

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., Super 8 transferred to digital and HD video (10:43), installation view, 2014.

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., detail, 2014.

Photo: Daegan Wells

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., detail, 2014.

Photo: Daegan Wells

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Alex Martinis Roe, It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers..., Super 8 transferred to digital and HD video, installation view, 2014.

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Emma Fitts, Where did feeling come from?, 2015, velvet, interfacing, ribbing, vinyl text, Spinster novel by Sylvia Ashton-Warner, silk scarf

Photo: Daegan Wells

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from left: 
Brown Council, Remembering Barbara Cleveland, 2011, single channel HD video, sound (10:33)
Emma Fitts, Where did feeling come from?, 2015

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from left:
Emma Fitts, Where did feeling come from?, 2015
Brown Council, Remembering Barbara Cleveland, 2011, single channel HD video, sound (10:33)

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Emma Fitts, Where did feeling come from?, 2015, velvet, interfacing, ribbing, vinyl text, Spinster novel by Sylvia Ashton-Warner, silk scarf

Photo: Daegan Wells

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Brown Council, This is Barbara Cleveland, 2013, single channel HD video, sound (16:42)

Photo: Daegan Wells

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Brown Council, This is Barbara Cleveland, 2013, single channel HD video, sound (16:42)

Photo: Daegan Wells

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Brown Council, This is Barbara Cleveland, 2013, single channel HD video, sound (16:42)

Photo: Daegan Wells

Brown Council, Emma Fitts, Alex Martinis Roe, Newspaper Reading Club

Brown Council artist talk Friday 4 September, 5.30pm
Opening Friday 4 September, 6pm

 

Embodying the archive explores history mediated through the body. Rather than reproducing archival structures or trafficking in readymade historical traces, the artists work with performance, narration and tactile forms to approach questions of historicity, expose the fluidity of the archive and pressure its authoritative status. In dialogue with real and imagined figures, they draw out relations between past and present to address a range of themes, among them feminist genealogies, the knowledge economy and the afterlives of ephemeral practices.

In the wake of the so-called ‘archival turn’, and against a backdrop of proliferating re-enactments and renewed modes of appropriation, the logics at work here resist such straight alignments. Instead, the exhibition charts a spectrum of responses to the gaps and crossovers among these tendencies, from reflections on the dynamic between embodied subject and archival object, to experiments with embodying the archive and articulations of the body as an archive.

Downloads:
Exhibition booklet (pdf)
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