Live Art Exists Only While It Is Being Performed, And Then It Disappears. How Do We Create An Archive Of The Ephemeral?

Live Art Exists Only While It Is Being Performed, And Then It Disappears. How Do We Create An Archive Of The Ephemeral?

A live performance only exists when it is performed. Their ephemeral nature means they are fleeting, impermanent and cannot be experienced in exactly the same way.

How do artists preserve their works? What about the invisible work that is rarely recognized or named?

Over the past decade, performance artist Lisa Shelton has created a series of collaborative works that highlight the transformative potential of archives by gathering public feedback and mapping artistic genealogies.

Now his new exhibition, Archives Temporary, brings together five works in one beautifully curated installation.

Archiving the Temporary is a celebration of the artist, the artistic process and the audience experience.

Shelton's extensive career, based on collaborations, interests and conversations, is at the heart of the exhibition. The exhibition reflects its focus on curating and redesigning interdisciplinary works to respond to the limited opportunities for recognition of contemporary independent Australian performance.


Read more. Politics, Pioneers, Performance. 50 years of Australian women's art and feminist ideas


Delicate design

The temporary archive has a clear, distinctive design and is housed in the Magdalen Laundry at Abbotsford Abbey.

Filled with industrial interiors with lime green wood and painted walls, the laundry room is the perfect backdrop for custom fixtures, softly lit tables and long rows of patterned pieces.

Delicate thoughts are framed and preserved in a handmade aesthetic. Items are carefully crafted and scraps are carefully collected.

Along one side of the room, 132 brown paper bags were laid out in a continuous row on the floor. Each package contains a series of ashes-turned archival documents that correspond to the art project of Shelton's career.

The accompanying video describes Shelton's painstaking process of reducing the entire archive of performances to ash piece by piece.

In a methodical and meditative process, the ashes are sifted and packed into handmade paper bags. The bags are then punched and stitched by hand, printed, glued and wrapped, a kind of devotion to the material, even as it turns to dust.

Live archive

The exhibition gives each of us the opportunity to become part of a living archive through conversations with two leading figures in the Australian art scene, Gail Orr and Stelark.

I sit with Stellark in the evenings when I visit. We discuss Kantian notions of time when he tells me about the dismembered body event Re-Wired/Re-Mixed Body (2015). It's a wonderful moment of personal connection with an artist I've admired for years.

On one wall hung four large sheets of paper neatly printed with the names of all the artists in every Art House program from 2006 to 2016.

On the night I attend, these lists spark a lively dialogue between the artists present as we go over names, dates (in my case I was a little desperate to know if they had my name), and people and events that come to mind . Memorize stories and collaborate.

Much of Shelton's work comes from conversations with members of the public about art and artists.

On the map, a series of polished stainless steel containers, beautifully marked with engraved identifiers, sit beneath a video screen above the bench as the artists' names appear and disappear in an endless floating loop.

The boxes contain detailed information about memorable artists and performances, collected, dated and stamped from 1,000 interviews. These are gorgeous, hand-welded pieces that securely seal business letters under fireproof glass that can withstand hurricanes, fires, and floods.

Many Scribe script files contain multiple documents that can be extracted and read. The number of pages is staggering, and the breadth of feedback from the audience – happy, excited, connected, inspired – is staggering.

It is a painful reminder of how the artist interpreted the work outside of his experience; It's often a surreal, lonely moment when the audience leaves the room.

nursing practice

Archiving Time encourages practices of mindfulness and appreciation that extend to the practical means by which our journey through space and engagement with works of art come alive.

A suitable place for such a delicate gathering is a monastery. Analogous processes and objects are in the foreground. Typewriters, brown paper, thread, dies and aprons are all part of the painstaking construction process. Companions and writers act as keepers of the room and help proofread the material.

We have the opportunity to continue the archive as it develops and grows around us. As I walked around the room, I noticed my archival activity – taking notes and talking to others – and continued down the documentation path. We do not see the work of one artist. The Ephemeral Archive highlights the need for greater visibility, recognition and respect for experimental and independent Australian artists, and addresses the many complex collaborations, associations and connections that make up an important cultural legacy, even if unrecognised.

The temporary book will be kept at Abbotsford Abbey in Melbourne until April 22.


Read more. a series of losses. The new project features art events that we discontinued in 2020


Good to be there

338 thoughts on “Live Art Exists Only While It Is Being Performed, And Then It Disappears. How Do We Create An Archive Of The Ephemeral?

  1. I like what you guys are up too. This sort of clever work and coverage!

    Keep up the good works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

  2. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but
    I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my
    comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?

    Thanks a lot!

  3. After checking out a number of the blog articles on your
    site, I honestly appreciate your technique of blogging.

    I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and
    will be checking back soon. Please visit my website as
    well and tell me how you feel.

  4. What i do not realize is in fact how you are not
    really a lot more neatly-favored than you might be now.
    You’re very intelligent. You recognize thus significantly in the case of this
    subject, produced me in my view consider it from numerous varied angles.
    Its like women and men don’t seem to be fascinated until
    it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs excellent.
    At all times maintain it up!

  5. Hi there to every , for the reason that I am in fact keen of
    reading this web site’s post to be updated daily.
    It consists of fastidious stuff.

  6. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it
    can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed
    and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but
    I had to share it with someone!

  7. Hi to every one, the contents present at this website are in fact awesome for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  8. Have you ever considered about including a
    little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say
    is valuable and everything. But think about if you added
    some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the most beneficial
    in its field. Terrific blog!

  9. Thanks , I have just been looking for information approximately this topic for a
    long time and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered
    till now. However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain in regards to the supply?

  10. I know this site offers quality depending articles and other data,
    is there any other web site which provides such things in quality?

  11. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest
    writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I
    think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to send me an e-mail.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!

  12. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found
    a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  13. Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just
    wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks?
    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so
    any assistance is very much appreciated.

  14. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to
    do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to create my
    own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    many thanks

  15. First off I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your
    mind before writing. I’ve had a hard time
    clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out
    there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it
    just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
    Kudos!

  16. I feel this is among the such a lot important information for me.
    And i’m glad studying your article. But wanna remark on few
    general things, The website style is great, the articles is really excellent :
    D. Good activity, cheers

  17. obviously like your web-site however you need to test the spelling on several of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the reality nevertheless I will definitely come back again.

  18. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this excellent blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS
    feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and
    will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  19. That is very interesting, You are an excessively skilled
    blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and sit up for in search of extra of
    your fantastic post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks

  20. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  21. Your mode of explaining the whole thing in this paragraph is really pleasant, all can effortlessly understand it, Thanks a
    lot.

  22. Nice post. I learn something totally new and
    challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
    It’s always helpful to read through articles
    from other writers and practice a little something
    from other sites.

  23. It’s amazing to pay a visit this site and reading the views of all friends on the topic of this piece
    of writing, while I am also keen of getting knowledge.

  24. Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog website?
    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent idea

  25. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    blog and in accession capital to claim that I acquire in fact
    enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I fulfillment you get right
    of entry to persistently rapidly.

  26. This is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  27. Wow, marvelous weblog format! How long have you ever been running a blog for?

    you make running a blog look easy. The entire look
    of your website is great, as well as the content material!
    You can see similar here sklep online

Leave a Comment

error: Content is protected !!