“ I’ve always regarded “do it,” “Point d’ironie,” and most of my other initiatives as complimentary to the gallery/museum system… ”
“ In addition to the archives, the Sprengel Museum’s galleries also hold a reconstruction of the Merzbau’s main room… ”
“ …we’re no longer envisioning the archive as an a posteriori accumulation of documents, but the exhibition as an archive that can be mended in situ. ”
By nature, re-presentations of installations views within typical modes of archiving (such as publications or web feeds) offer an alternate arrangement to its live event/exhibition counterpart.
The ‘re-staging’ (or re-presentation) of Dan Flavin’s 1964 exhibition, Fluorescent Light, is interesting as it offered a new arrangement of the works from the original exhibition, however it remained within physical space its viewers could enter.
Dan Flavin: Fluorescent Light installation view at Green Gallery, New York, 1964.
Dan Flavin: The 1964 Green Gallery Exhibition, installation view at Zwirner & Wirth, 2008.
“ …so as to go beyond the necessity for photographs and films of the past event, and to be able to experience and analyze it literally, just as it was, even though it has been transported from the past to the present. ”
“ …this attention to recreating not only the combination of works, but also their setting, the exhibition - as case and contents - appears in some ways a giant readymade. ”
Post It considers the act of archiving as a translation of a temporal event to something physical and long-lasting: the re-presentation of artefacts, arrangements and encounters within the exhibition.
Viewers inhabit the space of an exhibition while readers often look at an archive. With this translation we must begin to think about the different rolls the viewer of an exhibition and the reader of an archive may play, and the way the encounter with artefacts and ideas may alter.