Course
Performing the archive, the diary and the collection

Instructor
AngelikiAvgitidou

Description
In this workshop, documentation is examined as a method of constituting knowledge within the archive, as an expression of identity and subjective experience in the diary and as a construction of self and Other in the collection. Students observe the different systems of documentation associated with art practice through presentations and project assignments.

Goals
The goal of this workshop is a conceptual exploration of the notion of “documentation” through the revelation of its connections with time/history, knowledge, truth, power, censorship, memory and repetition. Participants will be able to appreciate the ways in which documents create meaning, support authority or narrate the self. They will use this understanding in order to create their invented diary, collection or archive using various media including performance, small-scale installations and digital imaging. 

Schedule

1st day
The daily schedule may be modified according to newly announced workshop hours, students’ interests and the unfolding of the day’s discussions and progress. 

10.00-11.00 Students present themselves. Every student is required to present him/her/self though an object that they have brought from home or have collected during their trip (bring something that tells a story about you but not something valuable or unique). 

11.00-13.00 Presentation on the archive and the collection. The archive according to Derrida: authority and order. Archive as repository of history. The political power of the archive. Collection as a documentation of material culture. Wunderkammern. Time, memory and desire. Collection as possession and construction of the self. Ethnographic museums and the construction of the Other. Discussion.

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Presentation on collections/the arcive as a work of art. The artist as ethnographer (Hal Foster). Examples from the works of artists Mark Dion, Susan Hiller, Ilya Kabakov, Michael Landy and others. Archive and memory: Christian Boltanski. Assignment presentation.

Assignment description: Create a collection of found material (2D/3D/digital). Your collection must reflect a clear narrative of the collector’s personality and intention. Is this collection in a museum? Is it a personal collection? Did you discover it in a flea market? The collector may be an existing personality, yourself, a criminal, someone from the future, etc. 

15.00-17.00 Students begin assignment. One-to-one advising short sessions. 

2nd day
The daily schedule may be modified according to newly announced workshop hours, students’ interests and the unfolding of the (previous) day’s discussions and progress. 

10.00-10.30 Discussion on previous days’ topics and challenges. Individual sessions on request.

10.30-13.00 Presentation: diary as an archive of the everyday; issues of truth, time, continuity, self-censorship, banality and candor. The narrative of the self. Event and memory. Art that employs the form of the diary: the works of Tehching Hsieh, Hanne Darboven and On Kawara. Performance as an archive of the everyday: Jamie Mc Murry, Thanasis Chondros and Alexandra Katsiani. The prepared presentations of the will be modified by the students’ interests and the unfolding of the previous days’ work. Discussion.

Presentation of assignment: Create the diary of the collector from the previous assignment. Again, the diary must reflect the collector’s personality and internal reasons for collecting. Concentrate on the verisimilitude of the document in accordance with the diary’s chronology, etc.

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00 Students continue to develop their assignments. 

14.30-15.30 Obligatory 5-10 min. conversation with tutor on the development of the assignment. 

15.30-17.00 Students continue to develop their assignments. 

3rd day

The daily schedule may be modified according to newly announced workshop hours, students’ interests and the unfolding of the (previous) day’s discussions and progress. 

10.00-11.00 Discussion on previous days’ topics and challenges. Individual sessions by request.

11.00-12.30 Presentation: Documentation of the self; issues of subjectivity and truth. The banality of the everyday. Fake/constructed diaries. Contemporary confessional culture. Autobiographical practices in art. The artist’s diary. Franz Kafka and Frida Kalho’s diary. Discussion.

Assignment description: Create a 5-7 minute presentation of the diary and the collection. Prepare this as a performance. Who is speaking? Are you the collector, a documentary presenter, a close relative, etc.? Bring appropriate props if deemed necessary. 

13.00-14.00 Break.

14.00--17.00 Presentations/performances from students. 

Required Reading

Adamopoulou, A. & Solomon, E. Artists-As-Curatiors in Museums: Observations on Conteplorary Wunderkammern. Thema, Larevue des Musees de la civilisations. No. 4. (June 2016), pp. 35-47. (12 pages).

https://www.google.gr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiJgtGr4LQAhWCcRQKHQhDAOEQFggtMAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthema.mcq.org%2Findex.php%2FThema%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F80%2Fpdf&usg=AFQjCNHeAw1eD-fQF2RnPWFnLg0g_xVWZg&sig2=F_-GO_ixcfdW56VG5LBXVw&bvm=bv.136811127,d.d24

Baldacci, Ch. The (Potential) Ongoing and Omnivorous Archive, Art and Design Magazine, No. 4. (Autumn 2013), pp. 30-35.  (6 pages)

https://www.academia.edu/10052051/The_Potential_Ongoing_and_Omnivorous_Archive

Breakell, S. Perspectives: Negotiating the Archive, Tate Papers, (Spring 2008). (7 pages)

http://www.tate.org.uk/download/file/fid/7288

Derrida, J. & Prenowitz E. Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Diacritics, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Summer, 1995), pp. 9-63. DOI:10.2307/465144 (12 pages)

https://monoskop.org/images/9/99/Derrida_Jacques_1995_Archive_Fever_A_Freudian_Impression.pdf

Foster, H. An Archival Impulse. October, No 110. (Fall 2004), pp. 3-22. (19 pages)

http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic837293.files/FosterArchivalImpulse.pdf 

Kwon, M. & Dion, M. (1997). Miwon Kwon in conversation with Mark Dion. In M. Corrin, L. et. al. (Eds.), Mark Dion, (pp. 8.35). London: Phaidon Press. (27 pages)

http://www.acastronovo.com/ClassHtms/ClassDocs/Dion.pdf

Lejuene, P. (1989). On Autobiography. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. (Chapter 1: 27 pages).

https://edocs.uis.edu/Departments/LIS/Course_Pages/LNT501/RN/Rosina's_on-ground_course_storage/Rosina's_LNT_501_Readings/On%20Autobiography%20pp3-30%20%20by%20Philippe%20Lejeune.pdf 

Scott, Joan W. The Evidence of Experience, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 17, No. 4. (Summer, 1991), pp. 773-797. (24 pages)

http://www.nyu.edu/projects/xdesign/artact/Evidence%20Experience004.pdf 

Suggested Readings

Foster, Hal. (1996). The Return of the Real (pp. 171-203). Cambridge and London: The MIT Press.

Hanne Darboven's Time: The Content of Consciousness, Artforum, 1 April 1983, pp. 52-53. 

Mark Dion “The Thames Dig” [Tate online resources] http://www2.tate.org.uk/thamesdig/flash.htm

Richard Grayson, “Susan Hiller” http://www.ensemble.va.com.au/Grayson/texts/HillWTFM2.htm

Tehching Hsieh - One Year Performance 1980 – 1981 (Time Clock Piece) (http://vimeo.com/16280427)

Tehching Hsieh, INCONVERSATION, by Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey (http://www.brooklynrail.org/2003/08/art/tehching-hsieh)

The Getty Research Institute. Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium. http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/events/artists_archives/

Denizot, R. (1979). The Daily Images of Power; On Kawara from Day to Day. Paris: Yvon Lambert.

Derrida, J. (1995). Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 

Giddens, Anthony (1991). Modernity and Self-Identity. Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity.

Heathfield, A. (Ed.). (2000). Small Acts: Performance, the Millennium and the Marking of Time. London: Black Dog Publishing.

Johnstone, S. (Ed.). (2008). The Everyday. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

Lejeune, P. (2001). How do diaries end? Biography, 24 (1), pp. 99-112.

Popkin, J.D. & Rak, J. (Eds). (2009). Philippe Lejeune, On Diary. U.S.A.: University of Hawaii. 

Merewether, C. (Ed.) (2006). The Archive. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

Stewart, S. (1993). On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Durham & London: Duke University Press.

Materials students should bring to class
Every student is required to present him/her/self though an object that they have brought from home or have collected during their trip (bring something that tells a story about you but not something valuable or unique). 

Keywords
The archive, autobiography, gender and identity, performativity of the everyday, performance documentation.