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The Archive as Fuel

Reflections on the use of archives for cultural institutions

This event has been cancelled due to speaker illness.

As BALTIC approaches its 20th year, join us for a roundtable discussion convened by BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute Andrea Phillips, to consider the archive as a site of construction. What can archives articulate? What agency do archives have to shape the future of cultural institutions, and what questions or urgent issues do they raise when considering cultural institutions’ activity in the next 20 years?

Dr Andrea Phillips is BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganization within artistic and curatorial culture. Her current research project, conducted with artist Jason E Bowman, involves a social and aesthetic re-reading of the British community arts movement from the mid-1970s to the present. Her forthcoming book Contemporary Art and the Production of Inequality will bring together discussions on the politics of public administration and management with recent analyses of arts institutions, alongside debates on value (public and private) informed by research into the political functions of the art market and personal experience of organizing, lobbying, and governing contemporary arts institutions, arts education institutions, and working directly with artists.


Laura Laffler, Co-Director, Amber Film & Photography Collective, based in Newcastle: an extraordinary resource for the development of film and photography, urbanism and local activism since 1968.

Helen Cammock, an award-winning artist based in London whose film and performance work connects histories of oppressed and subjugated women across time and geographies often using archival footage.

Rhoda Boateng, Archives Supervisor at the Black Cultural Archives based in Brixton, London. The BCA has become an increasingly important resource for many of us since its inception, growing from the community response to the New Cross Massacre in 1981.


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