Glimpsing the archive

Chris Dorsett

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Glimpsing the archive is a conference paper that reflectively examines the significance of a set of homemade shellac recordings from the 1940s lovingly preserved by Dorsett's family even though the records are too fragile to be played on a gramophone. Dorsett presents his first thoughts as an artist for a new body of graphic and photographic work exploring the fertile absence of functionality in museum stores. He offers a rationale for archive-only artworks that would be resolved, not as exhibits, but as interventions within the managerial and conservational life of reserve collections. Drawing on ideas from Walter Benjamin and the American poet Louise Glück, ‘Glimpsing the archive’ describes how artworks might be productively placed within the insulating temporal interval made possible by archival practices.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
EventPer-forming the Archive: Consensus Contention - University of Ulster
Duration: 1 Jun 2007 → …


ConferencePer-forming the Archive: Consensus Contention
Period1/06/07 → …

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