Active Archive – Slow Institution : Queer-in-progress. Timeline at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Active Archive - Slow Institution : Queer-in-progress. Timeline at Project Arts Centre, Dublin


06/03/2020 - 21/03/2020    
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Dublin

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Project Launch: 6th March 5-7pm

Dates: 06 Mar – 21 Mar
Gallery Open: 11am – 6pm

Project Arts Centre hosts the second chapter of the Active Archive – Slow Institution project, an extensive research initiative that delves into Project’s 50+year history, looking at the imagined futures and proposals for transformation recorded in Project Arts Centre’s archives.

QUEER-IN-PROGRESS. TIMELINE maps LGBTQ histories and even more specifically looks into lesbian, female-identified, transgender and feminist activism and practices. With a special focus on the 1980s, 1990s and the HIV campaigns, QUEER-IN-PROGRESS. TIMELINE begins with an exploration into Project’s LGBTQ theatre history. This ongoing body of research has been collated by artist Hannah Tiernan (MFA, NCAD) and will be presented alongside her current investigation into the GCN (Gay Community News), IQA (The Irish Queer Archive / National Library of Ireland) and the Out Magazine archives.

The timeline is identified as a tool for pooling, revisiting and bringing into conversation various points of views, individuals, groups and communities to unpack less visible and often supressed, overlooked or neglected aspects of complex historical events, challenging simplified media representation. The display will change and expand through collaborative editing during the two weeks. The wider public are invited to contribute to the evolving timeline and its periodical updates. They are invited to challenge the power structures of canonized perception and readings and to present concerns about visibility, measurement, normalisation, temporality, presence and absence, representation of otherness, desire and difference.

During the two weeks we will host ‘Public Viewing’ events that invite the public to participate in a conversation with guests who will moderate the close-reading of a selection of materials (documents, ephemera, music or moving images) relating to LGBTQ history, culture, politics, community relations, and public health. The gallery will also give space to a series of workshops and gatherings.

QUEER-IN-PROGRESS. TIMELINE puts forward the importance of temporal, open and inclusive archives that accommodate changing needs and foster a dialogue about queer archiving within institutional practices. It will highlight events that point at the social, political, economic and medical complexities but also the absences and silences resulting from censorship, limitations to document and preserve as well as lack of space for sexual and gender difference.

Exploring narrative(s) of emerging and changing experience that might manifest through personalised collections of records, community-based archives the project looks into questions of historicizing and memorializing and how queering archival practices can help us transform conventional approaches to archiving with a strong critical engagement with many of the issues present including misogyny, homo/transphobia, HIV, racism and various forms of discrimination and marginalisation.

QUEER-IN-PROGRESS. TIMELINE is developed in collaboration with GCN and several communities, activists and cultural practitioners.

QUEER-IN-PROGRESS. TIMELINE runs until 21 March and is developed in the framework of the L’Internationale Research Network.

Image caption: Poster board for Acts and Reacts. A Festival of Drama and Dialogue, March 1993. Design by Margaret Lonergan. Courtesy of Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Photo: Nat Schastneva.

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