Fawn Krieger: Moodboards, video still, 2013
Home & Away #1: The Archive
Thursday, 12.06.2014, 12:30 — 16:30

Lunch at 12:30 h. at West
Presentation by Rod Summers
Walk to Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie
Tour and talk with Marie-Francoise Borg at RKD
Finish at 16:00, whole day in english

Although the lunch and tour are free, we kindly ask you reserve a place via: eloise@westdenhaag.nl
We would be very happy if you would join us for lunch and be a part of West Den Haag’s new program Home & Away on Thursday 12 June from 12:30-16:30 h.

The first in the program is Home & Away #I: The Archive, where we begin at West Den Haag by having lunch together whilst looking at the exhibition Autonomy Exchange Archive with works by Paul Branca, Fawn Krieger, and David Horvitz. Taking from their discussion published in the Autonomy Exchange Archive booklet Home & Away #I: The Archive considers the surplus and remains of an artistic practice, as each artist deals with the question of the document, the generation of their own personal archive as well as making productive the leftovers of an artwork.

After lunch, artist Rod Summers will connect his own practice and personal archive to the ideas of the exhibition by delving into artistic self-archiving as well as the historical implications of legacy and preservation of an artwork and artistic practice. Following on with the question ‘at what point does a document become artwork’, we will transition our discussion with Rod Summers to the second part of day by taking a short walk to Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD) — Netherlands Institute For Contemporary Art History. We will end the day by meeting Marie-Francoise Borg to take a tour of the archive to locate the moment of transition from artwork to documentation.

About Home & Away program:
West Den Haag is a presentation space that centers upon artistic practices unknown in the Netherlands, whilst broadening the discourse around the role of art in society. The program of Home & Away connects to West Den Haag’s exhibition policy by locating the intersection between being at home and travelling away to explore the consequences that each condition places upon creating and viewing art. Through the program, West Den Haag hosts artist talks, readings, film screenings, and performative lectures at our home in Den Haag, or organizes excursions to visit interesting places and people.

About Rod Summers (b. 1943, Dorset UK)
Based in Maastricht, Summers is a sound, visual, conceptual artist, performance poet, dramatist, mail artist and book artist, publisher, archivist, and lecturer on intermedia. The results of Summers' multiple, art-related activities have often appeared as part of his concept of VEC (Visual, Experimental, Concrete), which he originated in 1973. It is estimated that Summers has the one of the largest privately owned artist produced audio-archives.
Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie
The RKD is one of the most important art-historical information centres in the world, administering a unique collection of documentary, library and archive material on Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. Documentation about Dutch art forms the nucleus of the collections. The RKD has an active collecting policy covering painting, drawing and sculpture as well as monumental art, media art, and design. The centre also records the organisational contributions of art spaces, museums, and galleries through the archival of press documentation.