This project explores the concept of a future-oriented archive by questioning its various aspects.
What, how and why does the archive contain ? what meaning does it have in the perspective of the future? can we explain the future within this archive? what is the language of the archive and how is it constructed ? How do the different elements of the archive (and within this exhibition – different projects) construct meaning/ knowledge? How do we deal with this knowledge?
One of the key ideas of this exhibition is that an archive is never neutral and is always multilayered (visually, conceptually, through the interconnections of different materials). Five artists develop this idea through their projects, creating an interactive display, a playground for visitors to experience the future by activating artistic projects: manipulating images, creating their own narratives, experiencing artistic installations.
Another concept in the heart of this project is a collaborative process-based practice that enabled us to conduct a collective project that is constantly transforming (just like the archive, as well as knowledge!) with respect to the different contexts of its presentation / activation.
The global pandemic-induced crisis during the spring of 2020 transformed our exhibition into a multilayered project consisting of three parts : the digital project, the catalog and the exhibition. Our group reflections about a message in a bottle, intended for the future, got another meaning : the lockdown made our future more uncertain and fragile, created a worrisome atmosphere and anxiety, that are often related to reflections on the future. Suddenly, the process of creating this project became a message in itself, a statement, an engagement : initiating discussions and reflections through a collaborative curatorial practice became the answer and the solution. It became our message in a bottle for the future.
Artists: Carola Lampe, George Selley, Joachim Bøgedal, Søren Lilholt and Margherita Muriti
Live Zoom talk and launch will take place on September 27 @ 7 PM CET.
Exhibition is part of European Photo Based Platform Parallel which is designed and led by Procur.arte and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.