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  1. Art, Archives and Publics

  2. On Documentation? • Where does the urge to document and archive • come from? • (Lack) of sense of place and history • Need for validation of cultural / social practice • Trans/Formation of Identities • Archives as ‘mirrors of ourselves’

  3. Art Practice Recording Circulation Documentation Validating Archive Memory Public(s) Influence History/ies Identity/ies Civil Society

  4. Interface: Research Centre • Established in 2004 through major successful funding bid (SPUR II) • Major initiative in A&D in the UK with 21 members of research staff and dedicated research facilities • Based on distinct areas of excellence in research activities of School of Art and Design - Textiles & Fine Art UU, Belfast campus refurbishment, 2006

  5. Research Aims • Focused Exploration of key processes in innovative research practice in Art and Design: [1] inherited models of practice and categories of value [2] impact of digital media and new technologies of production, distribution and mediation of art and design • Situated in context of wider social/economic/political arena of Northern Ireland and globally = the ‘glocal’ Interface @Corporation Street - Archive

  6. Research Objectives • Trans- and Interdisciplinary research and postgraduate provision • New partnerships and forms of collaborations and practice in Art and Design • Development of new ways of thinking and working at local, national and transnational level • Prototyping, testing and evaluating of new models of practice • Cross-border dimensions in the Irish context • Outcomes with international reach • Building of critical mass in Art and Design research Alistair MacLennan Dr. Kate Wells

  7. Research Strands- Art and its Locations - Fabric Forward- Customisation and Construction - Hybrid Textile Configurations Platforma Trish Belford

  8. Art and its Locations: Research Foci • Art in Contested Spaces • Art and Documentation Willie Doherty Workshop, 2006

  9. Interface Resources • Dedicated researchers / archivist • Research and thinking space • PhD research opportunities • Provision of MA Art in Public • Opportunities to network and collaborate • Image and sound production, post-production • and display equipment • Storage space • Technical and clerical support staff

  10. Interface Activities Connecting Prototyping Facilitating Testing Discussing Documenting Negotiating Archiving Speculating Disseminating Experimenting Evaluating

  11. Documentation and Archiving • Critical dialogue: performance, interventionist, • process-oriented practices • Narratives related to contestations and conflicts • Creative processes, (audio-) visual work and curatorial • interventions • Inquiry into local archives and community-based • memory (ARE, Catalyst, Beat Initiative, Duchas) • Strategies for documenting and re/materialising - • Generating Public Pedagogies • Securing Memory - Producing Publics

  12. I confess that I was there:Art, Archives and Location • A programmed series of events in December 2006 • Inquiry into archives related to creative practice: • Artpool, Budapest; Trace Archive, Cardiff; North-West • Visual Arts Archive, Derry; Peter Haining, Dundee • Focus on Artists’ interventions in repositories of • records and the re/materialisation of archives

  13. Public Art Strategy for West Belfast (PAS) • DSD commissioned consultancy • West Belfast and the Greater Shankill area • Aims: • Public Art Trail • Connection to City Centre and Laganside • Links to existing public art projects • Visibility of West Belfast and Greater Shankill area to • promote tourism and economic regeneration

  14. Deliverables of PAS • Community participation methodology • Stakeholder audit • Map and audit of existing public art • Map and audit of other relevant projects • Strategic map of potential sites for public art • Survey of potential funders • Review of key documents and policies • Seminar on Public Art • Report

  15. PAS Process • Forms of documentation • Strategies of re/presentation and positioning • Power relations and vested interests • Pragmatics/ Public(s) • Trust building with communities • Media format - authority and authenticity • Oral accounts - episodic memory / memory of fear • Maps - factual memory • Reports / minutes - procedural memory

  16. Creative Transformations • AHRC funded workshop and networking project • PI: Prof. Ruth Morrow • Community oriented creative processes • Conversations on determination, risk, failure, and • unquantifiable success • Documentation/ Validation of marginalised • practices

  17. Performing the ArchiveProviding Interrogative Moments • AHRC funded Doctoral Research Training Provision • Collaboration with University of Sunderland • in association with Locus+, Public Art Agency Newcastle • upon Tyne • Series of workshops and colloquia between November • 2006 – October 2007 • Related book and online learning resource: • Arkive City; www.interface.ulster.ac.uk/arkivecity

  18. Art out of the Ordinary • Collaborative project with CityArts Dublin • Folk Memory and material culture • Related to Loraine Leeson’s exhibition Art of Change • Two seminars, public interventions, • Planned publication