Rethinking Archives began as a series of four workshops organised by Michelle Henning (UWE, Bristol) and Julian Warren (Arnolfini’s archivist) and held at Arnolfini between October 2008 and May 2009. These and the subsequent documentation were funded by UWE, the AHRC and Arnolfini. The following bibliography lists texts by speakers at those workshops, texts referencing works and artists that we discussed, and in the further reading, other relevant articles and books.

Workshop 1

Introduction to Rethinking Archives

  • Julie Bacon (Ed) Arkive City Belfast: Interface, 2008.
  • Jane Connarty & Josephine Lanyon (Eds) Ghosting: The Role of the Archive within Contemporary Artists’ Film and Video, Bristol: Picture This, 2006.
  • Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Trans. E. Prenowitz, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Charles Merewether, The Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art, London: Whitechapel, 2006.

Audience Memories and Oral Histories

  • Susannah Radstone The Sexual Politics of Time: Confession, Nostalgia, Memory London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Susannah Radstone and Katharine Hodgkin (Eds) Contested Pasts: The Politics of Memory London: Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative, 2003.
  • Susannah Radstone, Memory and Methodology Oxford and New York: Berg, 2000.
  • Raphael Samuel, Theatres of Memory London: Verso, 1995.
  • Patrick Wright, On Living in an Old Country London: Verso, 1985.

Workshop 2

Digitisation and Remediation

  • Martin Lister, Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Iain Grant, Kieran Kelly, New Media: A Critical Introduction London:Routledge 2002.
  • Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Remediation: Understanding New Media, Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 1999. 2000.
  • Allan Sekula, Reading an Archive, (1983) in Brian Wallis, ed., Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists, New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1987,  and in Jessica Evans, Stuart Hall, Visual Culture: the Reader, Sage 1999.

Workshop 3 on Time and the Artwork

  • Stuart Brisley, Beyond Reason: Ordure, London: Book Works, 2003.
  • Angus Carlyle (ed.), Autumn Leaves: Sound and the Environment, London: Double Entendre, 2007.
  • Joan Gibbons & Kaye Winwood (eds.), Hothaus Papers: Perspectives and Paradigms in media arts, Birmingham: VIVID/Article Press, 2006.
  • Jem Finer, Longplayer, London: Artangel, 2003.
  • Jem Finer, Score for a Hole in the Ground,  Challock: Stour Valley Arts, 2006.
  • Ben Highmore, Kris Cohen et al, Day to Day Data, Nottingham: Angel Row Gallery, 2005.
  • James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Off Limits: 40 Artangel Projects, London: Merrell, 2002.
  • Carolyn Steedman, Dust: the archive and cultural history, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

Workshop 4 on Repetition and Reconstruction

  • Anke Bangma and Steve Ruston (eds), Experience, Memory, Re-enactment, Piet Zwart Institute, 2005
  • Steve Rushton, Vivienne Gaskin, Tom McCarthy, The Milgram Re-enactment: essays on Rod Dickinson’s re-enactment of Stanley Milgram’s obedience to authority experiment in collaboration with Graeme Edler, Eyck Academie, 2004.
  • Andrew Patrizio, Stefan Gec, Jon Bewley (eds)  Stefan Gec, Black Dog Publishing, 2002
  • Rebecca Schneider, ‘Never, Again’ in D. S. Madison and J. Hamera (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies, Sage, 2006.
  • Marina Abramovic, 7 easy pieces, London: Charta, 2007.
  • Heike Roms, What’s Welsh for Performance – An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales 1968 – 2008, Mute Publishing, Limited, 2008.


  • Jorge Luis Borges, ‘The Aleph’, in Collected Fiction, London: Allen Lane the Penguin Press, 1999.
  • Jorge Luis Borges, ‘The Library of Babel’, in Collected Fiction, London: Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1999.
  • Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge, London: Tavistock, 1972
  • Gayatri Spivak, ‘The Rani of Sirmur,’ in F. Barker, P. Hulme et al. (eds.) Europe and its Other: Volume 1, Colchester: Essex U.P., 1985.

Further Reading

  • British Standard BS 5454:2000  Recommendations for the storage and exhibition of archival documents London: BSI, 2000.
  • Judith Ellis (ed.),  Keeping Archives 2nd ed. Port Melbourne: Thorpe in association with the Australian Society of Archivists, 1993.
  • Hans Peter Feldman and Hans Ulrich Obrist (eds.), Interarchive, Luneberg: Walther Koenig, 2002.
    Anna Harding (ed.), Potential: ongoing archive Amsterdam: Artimo, 2002.
  • Adrian Heathfield (ed.), Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance Bristol: Arnolfini, 1997.
    Michelle Henning, Museums, Media and Cultural Theory Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2006.
  • Richard Gough & Heike Roms (eds.), On Archives and Archiving Performance Research Volume 7, No. 4 London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Manuel Vason, Encounters Bristol: Arnolfini, 2007.
  • Martin Waller & Robert Sharpe, Mind the gap  Assessing digital preservation needs in the UK York: The Digital Preservation Coalition, 2006