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The Concept and the Archive
Thursday 8 April, 4.00pm, West Wing, Ground Floor Galleries, IMMA
(Please note this event has been rescheduled from its orginal date of Tuesday 6 April 2010)
In an open exchange, artist Sarah Pierce and curator Marguerite O’Molloy will discuss their use of archives as an entry point in their respective practices. Drawing on personal experiences, they will critique the various methodologies adopted by artist and museum to record, document and conserve temporal experiences of artworks from a museum’s collection.
The discussion takes places within the framework of the current experimental exhibition, What happens next is a secret, where artworks from IMMA’s collection are interchangeable within an open system. As part of the exhibition a number of temporary site specific interventions by invited artists have been introduced over the course of the exhibition, including a sound sculpture by Russell Hart + Karl Burke, and an ephemeral work by Hannah Breslin.
Pierce and O’Molloy explore in particular the place of conceptual artworks within the context of collections or archives, such as artist Lawrence Weiner’s statements, and how a work's presence or absence provides multiple opportunities for the re-interpretation of meaning.
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