“Effective democratization can always be measured by this essential criterion: the participation in and the access to the archive, its constitution and interpretation.” (Jacques Derrida)

“History is performative reenactment.” (Amelia Jones)

 

Project Embodied is a performative and post-fetishist anti-archive that collects art through the memory of writers. The collection loosely focuses on performances, time-based and experiential works of art.

The psychophysical existence of the writer and the performance of writing itself are considered to unfold the potential of the writing practice as material on its own in order to explore mor experimental ways of art documentation.

Despite the popularity of time-based and ephemeral art, not to mention the archive fever manifested in the excited and at times frustrated audience using phones to capture the works, Project Embodied addresses a lack of knowledge and artist-led discourse around its place in and outside of the art museum and academia. Project Embodied thusly aims to activate a field of plural but also antagonistic public spheres with questions and perspectives on how we can document different modalities of art that involves the notion of performativity and participation.

Project Embodied is an invitation and collective effort to improve the archival practice of time-sensitive art by rethinking them not as ephemeral but that which remains differently. It is not merely a collection of documentation but rather a conversation between the performers and the audiences.  Each collection item in the form of a writing gives testimony for space and time where the art was in-between the presented works and the audiences.

Project Embodied works closely with the writers who are commissioned to archive works in the form of text. The writings are added to this online collection with selected writings published in the art journal The Invisible Archive. Writers or artists who are interested in participating can contact (projectembodied@gmail.com).