Theorectical Contexts


Nicolas Bourriaud on Archive

'Now the world has been mapped by satellites, and nowhere is unknown, artists are exploring history as a new terra incognita. Artists mine both their own archives and those of institutions or organisations, connecting chains of ideas. They remix, re-present and re-enact, using the past as part of an understanding of the present.'

' To understand the present means carrying out a kind of rough-and-ready archaeological investigation of world culture, which proceeds just as well through re-enactments as through the presentation of artefacts – or again, through the technique of mixing.'

Nicolas BourriaudAltermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Publishing, 2009 (p14).

Jonathan Alibone & Alexander Small © 2012