In October 1999 PhotoWorks invited myself and Marysia Lewandowska to undertake a residency in the Design Council Archive.

At its heart, the Design Council Archive stores the information shadows of objects – a vast photographic collection, press articles, films, advertising, teaching materials, minutes of the Council’s meetings, annual reports, government correspondence and memoranda, leaflets and ephemera.

After a year of research, a project emerged. Documents took the form of a series of encounters with the archive, comprising an exhibition, publication, web-browser [unfortunately no longer available] and conference. Tearing, was a component of the exhibition, a film that explores the materiality, missing and violence in the archive, while litteraly embodying those themes.

Related projects include Documents, the Enthusiasts Archive and Screen Tests




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