Kia ora tātou,
You are warmly invited to Julia Holderness’s Confirmation of Candidature PhD presentation:
Thursday 19th July
12 midday until 1:30 PM
Ever Present Archiving: new methodologies for art histories through fabrication, approximation and invention
Ever Present Archiving explores how an installation-based practice might critique assumed forms of collected knowledge, and develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives. Focusing particularly on how representations of the past constitute ‘re-presentations’, this project revisits particular epochs in New Zealand’s art history (such as the Christchurch art collective called ‘The Group’, 1927– 1977), and imagines their possible entanglements with international movements (including for example the Bauhaus). In creating narratives that might or might not have existed – encompassing artists, groups, movements, and exhibitions – this project deliberates on the role of fiction in both the collection and interpretation of material histories, and critiques traditionally held divides between art historical scholarship and artistic fabrication. The making of objects and assemblages based on archival fragments becomes part of an original, reflexive, practice-led methodology for art-historical investigation that highlights both the productive nature of the archive, and gaps and slippages within the information it stores.