TABULARIUM


 

TABULARIUM

ELOÏSE BONNEVIOT     RY DAVID BRADLEY     HEMAN CHONG AND ANTHONY MARCELLINI     RACHEL DE JOODE     LAWRENCE LEK     KATJA NOVITSKOVA     TOM PENNEY     JON RAFMAN

CURATED BY ALANA KUSHNIR

OPENING THURSDAY 21 AUGUST 6 – 8PM EXHIBITION 21 AUGUST – 13 SEPTEMBER 2014

There is little evidence which attests to the existence in ancient and medieval times of an impulse to concentrate certain types of information by different creators in a single physical place. One of the few exceptions to this is indicated by the survival of the Tabularium, a building which was constructed in around 78 BCE to house official legal documents of the ancient Roman State. In the so-called Information Age, archives have again become less physically concentrated, as information is gathered and preserved using data centres which are geographically dispersed. Yet despite the liberal aura which surrounds this mode of distribution, the cultivation of some cultural narratives and the disregard of others continues. Does this mean that the Tabularium still exists, albeit in a virtual form?

In addition to presenting works in the gallery space and online at slopesprojects.org, the exhibition will also feature the first iteration of the Tabularium Archive, an ongoing project by Alana Kushnir which collects and preserves publications by artists, curators and writers that have an online ethos but which are not available in digital form. The Archive presently includes material by Prayas Abhinav, Appendix, Arcadia Missa, Cory Arcangel, Atomic Activity Books, B.C., Banner Repeater, Holly Childs, The Composing Rooms, CRAZY IN LOVE MAGAZINE, Jesse Darling, Simon Denny, Simon Denny & Joanna Fadyl, Harm van den Dorpel, Dragan Espenschied & Olia Lialina, Angela Genusa, Kenneth Goldsmith, Malcolm Green, Christopher LG Hill, Yngve Holen, Junk Jet, Phillipe Karrer & Raphaël Rozendaal, Tara Kelton, Omar Kholeif, Martin Kohout, Rebecca La Marre & Jaako Pallasvuo, Larrys, Library of the Printed Web, Petros Moris, Marlie Mul, R. Gerald Nelson, Katja Novitskova, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Polar Space, PWR Paper, Nina Power, Jon Rafman, SAME, Erica Scourti, Paul Soulellis, David Stucchi, Symbol: Paper for New Art, THE STATE, This is a Magazine, This is (Not) a Magazine, Trust Magazine, Wandering Magazine, Rosemary Willink, Ben Vickers, Évita Yumul and 57 Cell. A regularly updated Google Doc inventory of the Tabularium Archive is accessible here.

An exhibition essay written by Alana Kushnir, Returning to the Tabularium: An Exhibition and Archive in Pursuit of Chronological Time, will be published online in Mnemoscape Magazine, Issue 1: The Anarchival Impulse, visit mnemoscape.wordpress.com for more information.

DISCUSSION EVENT 27 AUGUST 6 PM

Select contributors to the Tabularium Archive from Melbourne, elsewhere in Australia and abroad will take part in a Google Hangout. They will share their motivations for printing their publications. Featured contributors include: Ami Clarke (Banner Repeater, London), Ché Zara Blomfield (The Showroom, Berlin), Holly Childs (CRAZY IN LOVE MAGAZINE & No Limit, Melbourne), Karen Ann Donnachie (This is a Magazine & Atomic Activity Books, Perth), Michelle Gordon, Sarah Barrow and Ross Paxman (Polar Space, Melbourne), Marian Tubbs and Eleanor Ivory Weber (SAME, Sydney), Ben Vickers (Serpentine Gallery, London). The Google Hangout will be broadcast live via YouTube.

A recording of this event can now be viewed here

SCREENING EVENT 6 SEPTEMBER 12 PM

The short film, The Archive Documentary, Part 1 (The Internet Archive) will be screened, followed by a Q&A via Skype with director Jonathan Minard. The Archive Documentary takes a deeper look at humanity’s dependence on digital memory, how we choose what collections of information, cultural artifacts and artworks to preserve for future generations, and the risks of digital obsolescence from both a personal and global perspective.

A recording of this event can now be viewed here

Video: Lawrence Lek, Memory Palace, 2014, courtesy the artist

ONLINE WORKS:

Tom Penney Museum, 2014 Html web pages and Unity3D web apps

Tom Penney
Museum, 2014
Html web pages and Unity3D web apps

Eloïse Bonneviot Thinking like a mountain (Interactive Archive), 2014 Video game

Eloïse Bonneviot
Thinking like a mountain (Interactive Archive), 2014
Video game

Lawrence Lek Memory Palace, 2014 Virtual World & HD Digital Video

Lawrence Lek
Memory Palace, 2014
Virtual World & HD Digital Video

Alana Kushnir Tabularium Archive Inventory, 2014 - Ongoing Google Doc

Alana Kushnir
Tabularium Archive Inventory, 2014 – Ongoing
Google Doc