A long table discussion in person/online on artmaking and historical narratives with thinkers/makers providing speculative interventions. This iteration of Creating Interference/Itinerant Imaginaries will be online and at Portland Hall, University of Westminster. 4-12 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7BY on Tuesday 27 June, 14:00 – 17:30 BST.

Artists have consistently been at the forefront of challenging the limits of European approaches to collection, acquisition, maintenance and preservation of historical objects. Playing with the turn in archival studies and art practice towards approaches that unsettle and disorientate, this long table discussion (online/in person), uses the speculative mode (the future tense) to explore four key themes. We explore the utility of speculation as a method to play with realms of the probable, plausible and the possible in order to rearrange them.

  • If we think against the weight of History and the temporality of sequential “events” that constitute it, how else would we engage with Narrative, Institutions, Historical Objects and Monuments under liberated material conditions? 
  • What happens if we think together beyond the limitations of indexing, taxonomy and classification that haunt archival practice? 
  • How would material appear, be understood and engaged with if culture were not held hostage by current collection practices, distinctions and audiences? 

This opportunity invites you as artists, critics and researchers to participate in a lively discussion bringing your expertise and interest as new thinking to the relationship between art and historical narratives. Roshini and Lola will be joined by thinkers/makers to provide interventions that explore what these themes might mean for future cultural workers and artists. 

Please join us by reserving a place (online or in person) via this Eventbrite link. Find out more on the Creating Interference website.

Roshini Kempadoo and Lola Olufemi, Creating Interference/Itinerant Imaginaries.