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The Difficulties of Archives: Archive Fever in Contemporary Art

In the last thirty years, “archives” have become a popular method of practice in contemporary art. Regarded as traces of the past, archives offer approaches to exploring histories and deconstructing existing discourses. Apart from the substantial archival materials cited in exhibitions and art works, the art archives recently established in Taiwan and across Asia also disclose a deep concern for “lack of archives.” How should we understand archives? What makes contemporary artists and curators obsessed with archival materials? What problems will arise when archives are transformed into “displayed objects” or even “works” in exhibitions? This talk will reexamine the archive fever in contemporary art from the perspective of archival theories, suggesting thoughts and reflection in terms of archival methodology.

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Time: 2023.09.02 (SAT) 13:30-15:00
VENUE: CREATORS’ Space R102 Coworking Space

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|LEE Li-Chun
Received his PhD in Cultural History and Theory from Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). His main areas of interest are art history, the history of images, cultural techniques, and media studies. He was exhibition researcher for the exhibition Walking the Crack (2022-23) at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Most recent publication: Körper bilden: Körperdarstellungen in der europäischen und chinesischen Medizin (2019).



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