EVENT 2: Archive Breathing
05 Apr 2014, David Toop presented Archive Breathing (Part of the Offering Rites series)
In collaboration with Elaine Mitchener, Dam van Huyne, Jason Yarde, Cathy Lane, Russell Ackerman-Callow, Andrea Zarza.
What is an archive? Is an archive a place where memories lie sleeping, a nursing home for ghosts, an empty room of creaking floors? Is all of the anxiety invested in archival preservation just a death duty paid to unfulfilled life? Trash on the streets; a prehistoric forest exposed as a beach is washed away by rain; the clatter of wooden machinery; fragments of old music becoming new music; a recording of place in one moment heard in another place, in another moment; the scent of herbs recalling the passing of ancestors: are they all archival objects?
History as defined by the victors – how can those archives be opened and turned until they breathe? How can the archive be a living entity? Without words or matter, where does the archive exist? Where, if anywhere, is the site of truth within the archive?