March 21(Thu) 14:00-16:00

ARCUS ARCHIVE PROJECT Lecture & Workshop vol. 1

To Keep or Not to Keep? Memories and Records of Moriya and ARCUS

Short lecture & Workshop
To Keep or Not to Keep? Memories and Records of Moriya and ARCUS

A lecture and workshop hold for residents and students interested in art institution archives in order to share knowledge about archiving more widely. The lecture looks back on the archiving process until now and traced the trajectory of ARCUS Project from its origins to the present. Alongside books and examples of media coverage in newspapers and magazines, the activities of ARCUS Project are preserved in media such as slides and VHS tapes that are no longer used. The workshop introduces the difficulties, challenges, and tricks in building an archive revealed so far, and share the knowledge and know-how cultivated through this.

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Tatsuro Ide | Art Archivist
Nonprofit Organization Art & Society Research Center Project Manager


ARCUS Project currently engaged in a joint three-year operation with specialists to catalog the records of 25 years of activities and organize them into a viewable archive, with the aim of making this public in 2019. Following the previous year's exhaustive survey, the task of surveying the materials was continues in addition to holding an expert meeting in order to arrange and open an archive encompassing examples capable of forming future metrics and research subjects in 2017. Aiming to take a body of materials that represents the accumulation of experience and knowledge of experimental cultural and artistic activities regarded as the foundation of artist residency programs in Japan, and make this subsequently utilizable and functional as an intellectual asset comprising part of the history of contemporary art, there is no precedent in Japan for how to regulate the accessibility of resources concerning artist residencies. Anticipating the values of this task 50 or 100 years hence from the perspectives of community development, art history, or the history of government policy, this project has been taking place in preparation for the opening of the archive.