Since the early sixties, the artist Erkki Kurenniemi has been obsessively documenting his life through a variety of media, producing hundreds of hours of audio recordings, video diaries, photographs, preserving the objects of his everyday life, shooting 8mm films and digital videos. If we consider an archive as on the one hand a repository of data which through its categories and forms of classification offers a possibility of arriving at forms of knowledge and information, and on the other, as a utopian space where knowledge is ‘free’ (unrestricted and available) and can be ‘re-discovered’ anew by making the archive an active practice, how are we to make sense of all the documentation gathered by Kurenniemi? What knowledges can result from following the active archive process and recording it?
About the seminar:
The seminar introduces the work of the Finish artist and pioneer of electronic music Erkki Kurenniemi and an online archive of his work developed by Constant Association for Art and Media based in Brussels. The curator and artists will introduce future plans for the exhibition and the online archive.
About the Workshop (booking essential):
Constant started their Active Archives project in 2006. The first principle of the project is to understand the web not simply as a means of distribution, but a space for (collaborative) writing, prototyping, and developing ideas, and from there to investigate how can archives take part in this net-nature. How can archives be active beyond preservation and access? What would it take to give material away and receive it transformed? How would files be enriched by different connections, contexts and contradictions?
For the past few months, Constant members Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé have been running a series of experiments with a subset of the Kurenniemi’s archive. During the work session, the experiments will be re-run and opened for discussion. Michael and Nicolas would like to invite the participants in the kitchen of the project rather than in its living room, to look at the ingredients and recipes. If possible please bring your laptop to the workshop.
Online Archive: Erkki Kurenniemi (In 2048) is commissioned by Kurator and dOCUMENTA (13) in partnership with Central Art Archive of the Finnish National Gallery and Contemporary Art Museum KIASMA, and supported by Arts Council England.