The pandemic has altered rhythms, patterns, and modes of being within everyday life, elaborating while challenging well-practiced modes of archiving and collecting. In a time where trauma is inscribed on the everyday, how do artists and researchers—engaged in modes of backward turning, historical gazing or making the invisible visible—archive their present? What new works, records, or methodological developments has this time prompted? By assembling works from artists and researchers we intend to platform experimental practices and research that have come out of this time and additionally, understand how these tools themselves have been altered by the crisis.
We came together in the winter of 2021 because of our shared interest in archives. Soon, our conversations narrowed down to the issues of documentation of the daily trauma, transmission and gesture on the web, and politics of representation. Orignally, we planned to use these conversations as a starting point to develop new work and share it in a collaborative contexts, but we quickly realized that our own projects were in dialogue with works by other artists and friends working at this intersection of the same interests/concerns.
We gathered selected experimental forms into a digital offering that will feature, including us, 10 artists and writers. Between Jun 2021-Jan 2022, our project will evolve and at three different points, the invited artists will contribute new work to the DA that continues to track the aforementioned themes and coincides with events in Berlin, Warsaw, and Tbilisi that will bring together our invited artists with local practitioners.
Tusia Dabrowska, Vanessa Gravenor, and Tamar Magradze.