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5th April, 2014

David Toop presents: ARCHIVE BREATHING

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5th April, 2014
Studio Theatre Platform Theatre Central Saint Martins 1 Granary Square Kings Cross London N1C 4AA.

Part of the Offering Rites series of events, presented by David Toop.

With Elaine Mitchener, Dam van Huyne, Jason Yarde, Cathy Lane, Russell Ackerman-Callow, Andrea Zarza.

What is an archive? Is an archive a place where memories lie sleeping, a nursing home for ghosts, an empty room of creaking floors? Is all of the anxiety invested in archival preservation just a death duty paid to unfulfilled life? Trash on the streets; a prehistoric forest exposed as a beach is washed away by rain; the clatter of wooden machinery; fragments of old music becoming new music; a recording of place in one moment heard in another place, in another moment; the scent of herbs recalling the passing of ancestors: are they all archival objects? History as defined by the victors – how can those archives be opened and turned until they breathe? How can the archive be a living entity? Without words or matter, where does the archive exist? Where, if anywhere, is the site of truth within the archive?  

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