Week 7 – Gaps/ Layers/ Doors: Archive Fevers

This week’s lecture was hosted by a guest lecturer from Columbia College Chicago, Brian Shaw, with this in mind I don’t think we followed the plan for the lecture that had already been arranged. The original Lecture question was “What other online/ physical archives can assist documentary performance?” But as this was a lecture lead by Brian and not Eve as previously stated I would presume this was not the new focus question. Like the last two weeks this lecture was also split down into two sections theory and practical.

Theory with Brian

We started the session by playing games of murder where you walk around the space and one pre selected person kills everyone one by one by giving them a special hand shake until they are discovered.  We played this game to warm and wake us up and to prepare us for the theory to follow. The next exercise we were given was to get into pairs, then in these pairs we had to each tell one and other about a time in our lives when one of our secrets was exposed for the world to know and how we felt about this. We were then asked to discuss what the relationship was  like with the secret teller and the person who found out about the secret. In my case I know longer talk to the teller due to other reasons but this was a contributing factor however I gained a better relationship with one of the persons concerned in the secret.

We were then asked did we tell the secret if not or so why? For me and my partner we both told our secrets to each other, I believe this was because we are close friends and therefore trust each other and also once the secret was told all those years ago it was no longer a secret. However for me I found this exercise interesting as I would have never before consider the concept of how easily we revel secrets in conversation to those we trust.

The session then moved on to looking at Mark Lombardi, Lombardi was considered an “American Neo-Conceptualist and an abstract artist. His major legacy was linked to his large-scale linear diagrams attempting to trace the structures of financial and political power, corruption and affairs among capitalists, politicians, corporations, and governments.” http://socks-studio.com/2012/08/22/mark-lombardi/ it has been said that due to the way Lombardi chooses to display his findings that when you look at a Lombardi pieces it appears to resembles an atomic structure. Below are some images for you to make your own choice.

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The session finished by looking at Brian’s own company and some of their past work which he considers archival. One of the pieces we looked at was called Doorslam, the piece was created from the directors experience when working in a hotel. The director recalls a day when every time he opened a door he was convinced he would see his double on the other side and by the time he reached the end of his shift he was an emotional wreck. So this piece looks at what it would have been like to see that double so the clip we saw follow this link: http://plasticene.com/


The session then moved into the practical part, for this session we were given time to build upon the material we had already developed however due to personal commitments the last week we didn’t have all the research finished and so were allowed to go to a study area to finalize our research material. For the remainder of the session we watched some of the other groups and gave feedback which could be relayed to our work as well.

Portfolio task 6– using three interviews from the unfinished histories website construct a creative narrative map for performance

Plan for the Easter break

  • Catch up on the readings and maybe read the next weeks to be ahead of myself
  • Complete this week’s portfolio task
  • Create our practical piece
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