The project is divided into three sections:
- The website
- The performances
- The archive
The website is the virtual home for the Instability in Stability project. The structure of the website is set up so that anyone can get a sense of what the project is, how it is evolving and what is being collaboratively produced between myself as performer/documenter/archivist and yourselves as a participatory and interactive audience.
The performance series 2011 is a succession of live broadcasts. Over the period of 12 weeks I will as an interdisciplinary archivist, documenter and performer broadcast the process of creating an archive of my personal belongings. My challenge is to take every item in my loft and organise it in relation to the overall collection of items I have. I aim to create a methodological archive structure that experiments with conventional modes of archiving whilst referencing the itinerancy of my body’s past experiences. From day 1 to 60 I will take each box in turn and explore its contents live on the web. With your help, as the audience, I will begin to make sense of the collection categorising the objects, re-ordering, labeling and arranging the items and boxes so the archive conveys both the importance and meaning I attribute to the objects, as well as, the help and interaction you (the audience) bring to the development of the archive. The whole process will be documented so people can view and reflect upon how their interaction contributes to the overall project.
You can watch the performances live on air each week between the hours:
Mondays: 10.00 to 13.00
Tuesdays: 18.00 to 21.00
Wednesdays: 10.00 to 13.00
Thursdays: 18.00 to 21.00
Fridays: 10.00 to 13.00
You can also join me for conversations and archive exchanges via Skype or live in the loft by booking an appointment to visit and work in the archive.
Each performance event will have a different focus, with special events and Sister Projects discussions incorporated into the performance schedule. Keep checking our Events page for up to date information.
The archive refers to both the physical collection of items gathered in my loft and to the digital documentation housed online. The development of a physical archive is the catalyst for the daily performances, giving the live broadcasts a purpose and function, but it is also a by-product of the performances. At the end of the 60 performance days it is hoped I will have a fully functioning archive in the space of my mum’s loft! The archive will simultaneously provide me with greater access to my past and personal history, as well as, being a research tool for to better understand my core PhD research questions:
- How can we generate an understanding of experience through the things we document?
- How can the process of creating documentation inform the modes through which we experience and thus perform
- How does this knowledge enable us to construct a digital archive, which embodies the interdisciplinary and itinerant nature of our bodies?
For audience members to have the same level of access, to enjoy the archive they helped create, the collection will be digitialised. Each item in the physical archive will be scanned, photographed, filmed and logged in an online portal. This resource will then be available to people who did and did not get to view or participate in the performance series. The archive will be available to the general public upon completion of my practice-led PhD Activating Archives as part of the Performing Documents research project at the University of Bristol.