Archives in the Age of Transformation of Art Institutions: An Art Preservation Strategy or a Curatorial Experiment?

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Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source MAP - Media / Archive / Performance
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Article
Keywords COVID-19 - curating online - Black Box - archive - art institution
Description The project Black Box was established in the spring of 2020 in the Brno TIC Gallery to support contemporary art and artists at a time when artists and cultural institutions were affected by the existential crisis caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. This experimental archive, which initially appeared to be temporary, has been developing its activities for a second year in a row. This text aims to provide a report on the ongoing remakes and postproductions of this archive and present various curatorial interventions carried out on the archived works of the participating artists. We observe a shift of exhibition institutions towards community centres with a diversified program, raising their social awareness and critical self-reflection, and building new means of communication on the axis of the artist-spectator. Especially in the latter area, creating and enabling access to an art archive is an essential tool.
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