In October 1999 PhotoWorks invited myself and Marysia Lewandowska to undertake a residency in the Design Council Archive.

At its heart, the Design Council Archive stores the information shadows of objects – a vast photographic collection, press articles, films, advertising, teaching materials, minutes of the Council’s meetings, annual reports, government correspondence and memoranda, leaflets and ephemera.

After a year of research, a project emerged. Documents took the form of a series of encounters with the archive, comprising an exhibition, publication, web-browser [unfortunately no longer available] and conference. Tearing, was a component of the exhibition, a film that explores the materiality, missing and violence in the archive, while litteraly embodying those themes.

Related projects include Documents, the Enthusiasts Archive and Screen Tests




Timeline Intermediae (cards)Mari inspired market stallUpstairs downstairsplanter & gatePublicamp, Critical PracticeTerracotta tiles