I consider archival research as a manifestation and representation of mass deception, artifice, and memory machinery when parts of ourselves and our appraisals are mirrored back to us through the archive. It matters who you are and what kind of knowledge and background you bring to the archive. I look at what occurs in the lacunas and peripheries of the conceptual divide between those who research, create, curate and those who use. I consider there is an inherent challenge in decoding archives which have multiple…Continue Reading “About”

Multimedia guide (Narrated by Jemma Dixon) A problem of archival research is that the product of that archive is mass deception. There is a discrepancy or conceptual divide between how an item is represented and how it is appraised and understood. Additionally, archives have multiple meanings – what an interpreter brings to the archive (ideas, backgrounds, preconceptions) modifies presented information. The peripheries and lacunas of Look 10 from The House of Dior’s Haute Couture exhibition evoke Joan Cock’s position that it is paradoxically in hiding that…Continue Reading “Object One | The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture”

2. Evolution is an online artwork-in-progress designed to emulate the texts and music of poet and artist Johannes Heldén through artificial intelligence. The application analyzes a database of all the published text and soundworks by the artist and generates a continuously evolving poem that simulates Heldén’s style: in vocabulary, the spacing in-between words, [and] syntax. (Evolution) Multimedia guide (Narrated by Jemma Dixon) The digital poetry of ‘Evolution’ reinforces the idea that the archive is in an unremitting state of becoming; a problematic question that arises…Continue Reading “Object Two | Evolution – AI Poetic Fusion & Deception”

3. Hysterical Literature is a video art series by Clayton Cubitt. The series shows us a clothed woman sitting behind a table while she reads, and an assistant distracts her under the table with a vibrator. Multimedia guide (Narrated by Jemma Dixon) How do we conceive and make sense of the archive if the product of that archive is mass deception? Is Mass Deception just another word to describe how Reader-Response Theory plays out in the lacunas between cognitive appraisals and understanding? Why is this…Continue Reading “Object Three | Hysterical Literature, Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’”

4. In a moment of serendipity, I met Sam Oiwoh in a UK-based fashion store located in New York City. Originally from London, Sam moved to New York to work as a stylist and to embrace NY living. Almost a year later, I interview Sam. Multimedia guide (Narrated by Jemma Dixon) Does Fashion Matter?  I personally don’t think fashion itself matters, because everything comes and goes. Though I am a true believer that personal style is what defines us, it’s a way of telling our…Continue Reading “Object Four | An Interview with Sam Oiwoh”

Multimedia guide (Narrated by Jemma Dixon) In ‘Politics of the Archive’, Hito Steyerl considers a problem of archival research, that keeping the control over reproductions of material is the basis of the power condensed within archives (Steyerl). She alleges that archives often preserve the history of the victors while presenting it as a historical reality or scientific truth, and this repetitive enactment of power and knowledge is problematic because this is where power resides – this is effectively archival mass deception and artifice (Steyerl). The…Continue Reading “Object Five | An Exhibition by Carrie May Weems”

When I received the brief in Opening the Archives that we were to creatively engage with an archive, I believed I would continue my work from my case study in the archives of The Charlotte Trust, a Museum which collects and preserves Lesbian History. However, the genesis and development of this assignment stem from week 7 in April, when the Art Historian Lynda Tyler took us on a ‘virtual field trip’ to the NZ Fashion Museum. On the 24th April, we took to the streets…Continue Reading “Portfolio”

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