1. Archives Unfinished (SEM I)

            2019 – 2020

          2. Tutor and PhDArts candidate k.g. Guttman and guest teachers
            For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students of the Royal Academy of Art and Leiden University.
            5 full Wednesday 
            sessions, September – December 2019
          3. introduction

            The course Archives Unfinished will address Western practices of the archive in order to develop new forms of collecting, making and critical thinking in art practice. How do artists reframe, reclaim and re-invent archival materials in order to understand and challenge the authority of the archive? What could the powers of art be in the face of colonialism and globalized capitalism? The course will introduce methods that launch contemporary art practice into active relation with historical documents and develop methods for inquiry between politics and aesthetics.


            OBJECTIVES: 

            - learn about artists who work with archives in their practice;
            - position artistic research in relation to historical photographs and documents;
            - learn about Western concepts of space and visuality that the archive operates within;
            - expand knowledge and understanding of institutional and colonial context of archives;
            - develop a project that engages with archival materials.


            FOR WHOM?

            For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students of the Royal Academy of Art and Leiden University.

            Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (3 EC).

            Max. 12 students will be selected for the course.

            The course will be in English.


            APPLICATION

            Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application. Apply before Monday 10 September 2019 23:59 h (CET) by registering for this course in Osiris. To complete your application, you will be required to upload a brief letter of motivation (max. 300 words) and a sample of written work (both in PDF). The result of the selection will be announced on Thursday 13 September 2019 at the latest. Incomplete or late submissions, or applications sent by email, will not be accepted.


            For questions, please contact Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at lectoraatktp@kabk.nl.


            SET-UP & DATES

            The course consists of five meetings during the 1st semester on Wednesday afternoons from 12.00-18.00 hrs (Room and dates TBA).

            Session #1: 
            Introduction: Artists working with archives and colonial context of archiving.
            Required preparation: Read/look at referenced artists links.
            Assignment: Start to research one’s own project working with archives.

            Session #2:
            Lecture: Spatial Thought and the Archive (how the archive takes place/space).
            Required preparation: Read Hiryczuk/Oevelen’s blog ‘The Detached Gaze. Thoughts and Sources on Alternative Ways of Seeing’: www.thedetachedgaze.com.
            Assignment: Continue to research one’s own project working with archives.

            Session #3
            Field trip and discussion: The Black Archives in Amsterdam: www.theblackarchives.nl.
            Required preparation: Read selected reading from Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, New York: Autonomedia, 2013. 
            Assignment: Continue to research one’s own project working with archives.

            Session #4: 
            Lecture: Performance and the Archive: How can the presence of our bodies and performance in the present affect the archives we are examining?
            Required preparation: Read/look at referenced artists links.
            Assignment: Continue to research one’s own project working with archives.

            Session #5: 
            Presentation and discussion of final project: Archives Unfinished.
            Required preparation: Complete final assignment and 1-page reflection.
            Assignment: Examine an archival document and produce/record your relationship to this document.

            Final assignmentpresentation [LB1] of an open format work (performance, photographic, writing, video) that integrates the course’s learning objectives and reflects upon the artist’s critical and creative relation to archival material.


            BIOGRAPHY:

            k.g. Guttman is an artist, educator, and doctoral candidate in the PhDArts programme of Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her work, funded through Stichting de Zaaier and SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), considers how territoriality and choreography are intertwined in site-situated practices. Guttman is currently based in Montreal, Canada. Her recent publication “it’s like hammering into nothing when I speak it”, a collaboration with her friend and mentor Nancy Ring, was exhibited and launched at Gallery TPW and Art Metropole in Toronto, Articule Artist-Run centre in Montreal and Gallery 101 in Ottawa, Canada. Recent performances and exhibitions have been hosted nationally and internationally by Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Dazibao andVIVA! Art action, Montreal, Musée d’Art de Joliette, Joliette, Quebec, Visualeyez International Performance Art Festival, Edmonton, Klupko, Amsterdam,and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.