Monday, 2 April 2012

Archive Observations

Last week the Glasgow Miracle’s Research Assistant and I visited sunny London to find out more about the work of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Archive and Cinenova. Many thanks to the individuals at these organisations who spent time talking to us!

We found it really useful to see how Whitechapel’s archives form a key part of the Gallery’s exhibition and education programme, encouraging reflection on past events and acting as a stimulus for new creativity. The Glasgow Miracle project hopes to organise a number of public activities utilising the archives we are working with. More details will be posted here as soon as they become available...

Cinenova work with women filmmakers to support the distribution of their work. In doing so, they also work closely with the users of this material. By establishing dialogue with and between film makers and film users, Cinenova are able to accrue more information about the films they work with and observe changing approaches to the perception and use of this material. We are also keen to establish a dialogue with people who were involved in the ‘making’ of activities related to The Third Eye Centre and CCA and/or who are interested in potentially using the Third Eye and CCA archives once they have been indexed.

Finally, this week’s image – a list of material (including archive items!) used by The Third Eye in an exhibition about Garnethill in 1976. The files show that this exhibition used a wide variety of artefacts and archives to explore Garnethill’s past and its present, confirming our belief
that archives can play a key role in cultural engagement.

Image Credit: Third Eye/CCA Archive

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