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, violence and the missing from the idea of the archive, while literally embodying those themes.
It was also screened as part of Image/Text at Tate Modern, London 2006.
Design Council Archives