Rachel Kierath

Country

AUS

Affliliation

Biography

Paper

Archival Un/Doing: Shedding Light on the Intimate Life After Print

Abstract

Archival Un/Doing: Shedding Light on the Intimate Life After Print is a paper that focuses on the intriguing life after the printing process- the inevitable process of decay and degeneration of works on paper. It details the endeavour to counter the modern preoccupation with artwork as a commodity; as a ‘finished’ work whereby galleries and collectors alike attempt to archive to a meticulous degree and adopt methods to freeze and preserve the works in their state of ‘completion’. Through referencing the collaborative, cross-disciplinary venture Neverending Project, this paper offers a counter to this culture of consumption and preoccupation with preserving a work in its finished state through actually celebrating and exposing the impermanence of the print, the inevitable act of atrophy....

How do we actually freeze a ‘finished’ work on paper? The medium of paper itself is riddled with irony in regards to this challenge with paper itself being inherently unstable and impermanent. This conference paper investigates the elements that will not actually foster the archivability of a work, but rather, be the archival undoing, and signify the demise and degeneration of the work. How can this be quantified, actualized, manipulated, conducted? Such endeavours are mapped through the extensive alchemical experiments that contribute to archival degradation in the Neverending Project.

Notions of temporality and time become privileged through presenting works that are ‘performing’ and ultimately locked within a state of decline....

Date

Friday 30 September

Session

11:00am - 12.30pm

Speaking

11:30am

Email

R.Kierath@curtin.edu.au

Website

rachelkierath.com
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