Offering Rites: Event 2, David Toop Presents Archive Breathing

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05 Apr 2014

7.30pm to 9pm

David Toop presents:
with Elaine Mitchener, Dam van Huyne, Jason Yarde, Cathy Lane, Russell Ackerman-Callow, Andrea Zarza.
What is an archive? Is an archive a place where memories lie sleeping, a nursing home for ghosts, an empty room of creaking floors? Is all of the anxiety invested in archival preservation just a death duty paid to unfulfilled life? Trash on the streets; a prehistoric forest exposed as a beach is washed away by rain; the clatter of wooden machinery; fragments of old music becoming new music; a recording of place in one moment heard in another place, in another moment; the scent of herbs recalling the passing of ancestors: are they all archival objects? History as defined by the victors – how can those archives be opened and turned until they breathe? How can the archive be a living entity? Without words or matter, where does the archive exist? Where, if anywhere, is the site of truth within the archive?  

for an overview of the Offering Rite series please see here

David Toop is University of the Arts London Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation
To read more about the 12 newly appointed Chairs at the University and their ambitions please see here