Repetition and Reconstruction

How is archival material used in restagings, re-enactments and reconstructions, by the gallery, the museum or by artists? In what ways and contexts does the authenticity of the archived object, or its reconstruction, matter? What is the relationship between the real and the copy in this context, and how do archivists and conservationists decide what and how to restore?

At this workshop, the artist Rod Dickinson spoke in the morning about his research process and use of archives in his work, the usefulness of terms like reconstruction and re-enactment, and the relationship between documentation and the artwork. Participants Judith Aston, Paul Clarke, Heike Roms, Yvonne Buchheim and Matthew Hearn, gave brief presentations on questions of repetition or re-enactment, preservation and re-enactment, as they arose in their art, archival and research practices. A plenary discussion ended the day.


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Rod Dickinson

Paul Clarke

Heike Rom

Judith Aston