Archival Provocations – EDITORIAL – EDITION 2

by Lucas Ihlein

Lucas Ihlein is an artist and member of Big Fag Press and Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

This week the EXTRA!EXTRA! team was joined by Boni Cairncross and Louise Curham, who completed a “one-day-residency” in the gallery. Artists who engage with the problematics of live art, Boni and Louise were tasked with coming up with a rapid response to Making Art Public. What happens after an ephemeral, site-specific work is finished? How can we experience it after the fact? What works and what doesn’t? And how can we activate the archives so that the public can “feel” what the original experience might have been like? In an exhibition like Making Art Public which consists of a range of diverse “leftovers”, these are pressing questions for audiences and art historians alike. 

Here at EXTRA!EXTRA! we’re exploring the links between art and journalism, between the conventions of aesthetics and the rules of the world beyond the art world. Artworks do not appear miraculously in a vacuum, isolated from the social, political, and environmental goings-on of this planet – but sometimes we act as if they do. EXTRA!EXTRA! takes seriously its responsibility to remind visitors to the pleasantly air-conditioned Art Gallery of NSW that we are all connected to the climate crisis, the dominant narrative of our times, and this is tackled by Wendy Bacon in her enquiry into the ethics of reportage on global warming.

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