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Adventures in the Archives Weekend

Adventures in the Archives Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Azadeh Fatehrad


Adventures in the Archives is an interdisciplinary programme which overlaps discourses such as photography and moving image, curatorial studies, historical studies, anthropology, critical studies, architecture, and cultural studies.

Through Adventures in the Archives, we explore in-depth the ways that the archive could be reflected on, investigated and disseminated through artistic research by various activities (i.e. group seminars, reading groups and workshops). We envisage, experiment, evaluate and estimate various methods and initiatives that could make an archive accessible to a larger audience (i.e. by creating a new body of work in response to an archive, by studying possibilities of curating an exhibition or public programmes). As part of the programme there will be a series of sessions to evaluate and respond to process of digitalisation and its effect on archival material/ archival research.

Adventures in the Archives is designed to rethink the relationship between individual and collective subjectivity (i.e. how artists encounter an archive, how practitioners write about it, and the variety of forms that artists use to restage their findings either visually or textually).

Two of the archives that would be explored as part of the program is the digital archive of Victoria and Albert Museum and the digital archive of The Warburg Institute.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to the Digital archive of V&A and The Warburg Institute
  • Creatively respond to the digital archives (Pencil and paper will be provided, extra materials can be brought)
  • Looking at the Inspiration and Frustration behind creative archives
  • Exploring themes of Memory, Evolution & Mobilisation
  • How idea can be recycled and new projects re-emerge


Students will come away with a better understanding of the archive and how it can be used creatively, and what they can take away from this process.

Who should take this course?

Students, artists, practitioners and researchers from a range of disciplines- anyone with an interesting in archives.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad is an artist and curator based at Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University, London. She works primarily with still and moving image in the context of historical representation. Fatehrad’s artistic and curatorial practices are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery from still and moving images. She is currently Research Supervisor at the Photography Department University for the Creative Arts . Fatehrad is co-founder of Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network in London. She has been published in journals such as ‘Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema’ at the University of York. Fatehrad has also conducted public programmes including exhibitions, conferences and workshops at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Delfina Foundation, London; Parasol Unit Foundation, Royal College of Art; The Showroom, London; and Asia House, London , among others. She has exhibited her work internationally in London, Vancouver, Amsterdam, New York and Tehran.

To learn more about Azadeh, read her interview on the Short Courses blog here.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

Notebook and pen

Available dates