For the past 2 years, I’ve been attending conferences all over northeast Europe, in celebration of the work of 3 artists, where academics, artists, & writers showcase their own work or speak to one idea or another in relation to the art/act of archiving. This was the final conference, held at MIT in Boston. The others were held at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, York-St John in England, & Kiel University in Germany. The artists were Wen Hui, a dance choreographer/performer/installation artist who I spent a nice cold day walking a short Norwegian coastline with, Arnold Dreyblatt, a composer/installation artist who set a short work on some folks in Kiel, having us read from strange texts in a verbal/voice-musical/light installation work, & finally dancer/theorist/director Louise Höjer, who is a collaborator with artist Tino Sehgal.
In 2015, in conjunction with NTA, I’ll be publishing a book on these adventures, a compilation of works by some of those people who attended the conferences & found they had something to contribute to the idea of archiving, this idea of a record being kept. There was an amazing array of speakers & artists at these conferences–Claire Hind, Gary Winter, Jay Scheib, Anna Kohler, Petra Meyer, Josh Lubin-Levy, Ingrid Jungermann–along with Karmenlara Ely & Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, who are responsible for envisioning this project after reading Ivetta Gerasimchuk’s now famous essay, “The Dictionary of Winds.”
I’ll update this site when it becomes available.