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Active Archive - Slow Institution

Dates: 31 Aug - 22 Dec

Show Time: Various

Tickets: €0.00 (Admission Free)

Active Archive – Slow Institution is a major research project that will delve in to Project’s rich 50+ year history.

For four months the gallery will be transformed into a research-archive-work-meeting space and a study of the documents and archives that uncover the history (or rather histories) of one of Ireland’s oldest public art institutions.

One of the driving forces behind developing Active Archive – Slow Institution is to look at what future proposals for transformation are inscribed within Project’s manifold history. The studying and interrogation of documents and archival artefacts not only supports the recovering of the history of one of Ireland’s oldest art centres but also approaches that history from the perspective of pressing contemporary issues. Through this new lens we can re-evaluate the changing conditions of artistic labour and production, the agency of artistic and curatorial work in relation to economic, social, and political institutions of power, as well as the status of exhibitions and the role of public institutions.

The gallery space will generate and host discussions and conversations, both with professionals and the wider public, to read Project’s histories via the wider context of cultural institutional, political, social and intellectual histories, including the building development of Temple Bar, gender representation, the history of Irish feminism, and LGBTQ rights.

The first chapter  which focuses on the 1990s with special attention to the OFF Site projects, Project @ The Mint and the development of the current building is prepared with curator and writer Valerie Connor, and will result in an exhibition in early 2019.

As part of this year’s Culture Night, on Friday 21 September, we are inviting the public to experience part of our 1990s archive, and to add to the project by bringing their stories, memories and materials to add to the collection.

Image: Demolishing Project by Maurice O’Connell, 1998, courtesy of Valerie Connor.

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