Glimpsing the archive

Dorsett, Chris (2007) Glimpsing the archive. In: Per-forming the Archive: Consensus Contention, 22-23 June 2007, University of Ulster.

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Glimpsing the archive is a conference paper that reflectively examines the significance of a set of homemade shellac recordings from the 1940s lovingly preserved by Dorsett's family even though the records are too fragile to be played on a gramophone.

Dorsett presents his first thoughts as an artist for a new body of graphic and photographic work exploring the fertile absence of functionality in museum stores. He offers a rationale for archive-only artworks that would be resolved, not as exhibits, but as interventions within the managerial and conservational life of reserve collections. Drawing on ideas from Walter Benjamin and the American poet Louise Glück, ‘Glimpsing the archive’ describes how artworks might be productively placed within the insulating temporal interval made possible by archival practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Consensus Contention, final conference in a series of AHRC funded events entitled: Per-forming the Archive.
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Prof Chris Dorsett
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 09:07
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:40

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