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The Pleasure of the File
A Foucauldian anxiety over information and the way it is accessed, received and composed has opened the archive up to intense scrutiny and interrogation within contemporary art practice. If history is never truly ‘knowable,’ but actually a series of interpretations manipulated through successive contemporary concerns; whether these are ideological or distilled through the dominant methods of disseminating information, the margin for error in the archive is great. Taryn Simon’s recent project The Picture Collection exposed the complexities, arbitrariness and chance inherent in the archive’s codes through her work in the New York Picture Library. The archive, which holds 1.2million images taken from secondary sources and is organised into a complex cataloguing system of over 12,000 subject headings, was Simon’s material for investigation in the work. Selecting categories such as ‘Chiaroscuro, Handshaking, Haircombing, Express Highways, Financial Panics, Israel, and Beards and Moustaches’ she then overlapped the presented images so that only fragments were visible. For example, the word ‘Veil’ produced a series of incongruous images of women in bridal wear and burkhas, producing a visually inconsistent composite that served to undermine the reliability of the cataloguing system.
A productive way to side step the potential errors of viewing history as a rigid, static or ‘objective’ pursuit is to re-evaluate the pre-occupation with truth that the archive operates upon. What happens if the historical document is used as a springboard for new discoveries; for re-enactment and re-invention, for the opening of spaces where the unexpected can arise; spaces that cannot exist without artistic intervention? Alongside increasing attempts to correct and expose the archive’s errors and omissions there is a growing alternative model for accessing and understanding history that uses error as a tool to unique and creative ends. ‘Error’ here refers to the deliberate deconstruction of the dominant logic of the archive by reversing or challenging its terms. These include the artist’s unfaithfulness to its material through re-enactment or heavy-handed appropriation, the dismissal of the idea of history as linear progression and a de-fetishisation of visible remains and ‘originals’.
Grassroots Activity: Underground at the Edinburgh Art Festival.
‘Heimat,’ 31st July - 28th August. Tues – Sunday, 12 -6pm. Patriothall.
Group show featuring the work of Andrea Geile, Michi Graper, Emma Herman-Smith, Tanja Romer and Duncan Robertson.
SUPERCLUB Summer Programme: Superclub Studios,11a Gayfield Square
SUPERCLUB is committed to a DIY approach to creating and disseminating art through fanzines, gigs, screenings, performances and events, as well as exhibitions. Their festival schedule supports local and emerging talent as well as international contributors with the intention of creating new dialogues within a dynamic environment.
The Summer Programme 2011 allows each of the four committee members (Ross Christie, Catherine Johnston, Matthew Swan and Callum Monteith) to curate an exhibition of their choice over the four weeks. They are as follows:
Week 1: 4th - 8th August, PBVIDS by Pete Burr
Week 2: 11th – 15th August, Threshold by Brian Cheesewright,
Week 3: 18th – 22nd August, Boondocks by Clusterbomb and Friends
Week 4: 25th – 29th August, Eric Shaw
Open Studios, 5th – 31st August, 11am – 6pm. Vermillion Studios, East Crosscauseway
Vermillion Studios presents its Open Exhibition once again this year, with four painters in its studios offering a range of work involving Edinburgh architecture, photography and painting fusion, as well as sculptural, figurative and lyrical paintings.
‘Versatile Beings,’ 5th – 30th August, 11am – 6pm daily. Arts Complex, 151 London Road.
This group show brings together artists and performers working within the fields of movement, dance and visual art. Work includes photography, drawing, video, installation, computer technology and street interventions, exploring the innovative ways of producing interdisciplinary work through the dynamic and playful use of the body.
Edinburgh Art Reader, Thursdays 8pm. Waverley Bar.
This platform allows theoretical texts to develop into separate conversations based on the unique cultural and social economies particular to the discussion’s context, as well as the individual practices and knowledge of participants. Forthcoming discussion points within the group are available on our blog: linemagazine.tumblr.com
Noir! #9 A Tribute to Alexander McQueen, 13th August, 8pm. Dissection Room, 1 Summerhall.
Alexander McQueen’s legacy of bold, brave ingenuity continues to inspire beyond the borders of the fashion world. Noir! #9 takes this opportunity to respectfully commemorate his burial on the Isle of Skye and celebrate a true genius through cutting edge fashion, art, film and music.
Smile, 13th August – 28th August, Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pm. Embassy: 10b Broughton Lane.
The new spirit of hippiedom/capitalism is one lead by 4th generation Goa goers, Mr. Houellebecq and Sienna Miller. A possibility of an island that patents yoga moves. These artists draw poi patterns across a melting sky.
A Venetian Ball, 18th August, 10pm – 3am, Wee Red Bar.
This ball pays tribute to Venice as the host of culture and hedonism and will include installations, performance, film and a Sofia Coppola-style soundtrack. Masks are essential and for those of you without one, a template to cut out will be printed on the back of the Line Magazine special edition postcards.
Now That’s What I Call Entertainment 2011: 27th August, 8pm - 11pm at Superclub Studios.
For the duration of the Arts Festival Nick Anderson is carrying out an existential survey, questioning ‘why we are all here anyway’ and searching for his place within the proliferation of events and exhibitions that define proceedings. The findings of this analysis comes into fruition on the 27th August with an evening of live but as yet, undetermined performance.
‘I’ve Zine You,’ 28th – 29th August, 10am - 8pm. Scottish Book Trust, Royal Mile.
Artists and makers will display a fantastic and eclectic range of small edition books, comics and zines, packed with photographs, prints, photocopies and scribbles; the very best and latest of throwaway contemporary culture.
Collated by Rachael Cloughton