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Out of the Archive: Artists, Images and History

2-day Symposium exploring the relationship between historical research and artists’ methods and processes when working with recorded images found in archives.

Drawing on contemporary art practice, this international conference explores the relationship between historical research and artists’ methods and processes when working with recorded images found in archives.

Contributors address current debates around the validity of research generated through artistic strategies, how these processes complicate forms of historical narration, as well as how they inform and challenge conventional methods of historical research.

Of central concern are the aesthetic strategies and ethics of the recorded image when interrogating unrepresented and un-mined histories, and the potential of these forms of interrogation to open new social, political, and cultural discourses.

The conference touches on compilation filmmaking in relation to contemporary historical events, documentary strategies, personal and collective memory, approaches to the archive across differing contexts, and the inherent complexities in encountering and working with materials of the past.

Contributors include: Sven Agustijnen, Frederique Berthet, Adam Broomberg, Filipa Cesar, Oliver Chanarin, TJ Demos, Mary Ann Doane, Nanina Guyer, Mark Nash, Colin McCabe, Naeem Mohaiemen, Laura Mulvey, Michael Renov, Zineb Sedira, Louise Sheedy, Patrik Sjoberg and Chou Yu-Ling.

This symposium is presented in conjunction with the film programme Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Alchemists at the End of Cinema.

In collaboration with the London Consortium.
This conference was originally conceived by the Colonial Film project team, and coincides with the launch of the Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire website.


Sven Agustijnen | talks
Frederique Berthe | talks
Adam Broomberg | talks
Filipa Cesar | talks
TJ Demos | talks
Mary Ann Doane | talks
Nanina Guye... | talks


Date and Time:

18 November 2011 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Tate Modern
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Tate Britain
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£30 (£25 concessions)

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Out of the Archive: Artists, Images and History is a two day international conference.

Friday 18 November 2011, 10.30–17.30
Saturday 19 November 2011, 10.30–17.30

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