Voicing the Archive: Women Make History
School for Curatorial Studies Venice
Dec. 6, 2023, 12:00 am
Online course by Marysia Lewandowska for the School for Curatorial Studies Venice.
20.11 – 6.12.2023
Deadline: November 10, 2023
London based, Polish born artist Marysia Lewandowska considers the uses of archives as conceptual tools helping to address relationships between people, their ideas and documents that survived dispersal associated with the passage of time. This seems especially relevant when tracing women’s cultural contributions and difficulties associated with finding their material evidence.The aim of this series of seminars is to bring attention to the relevance of voice and voicing understood in its wider sense as a contribution and political agency.Confronting absence, void, erasure or silence often acts as a catalyst for constructing an artwork, which becomes a corrective intervention in the process of re-visiting histories now. The artist places sound and voice as central agents in contemporary manifestations of political imaginary deployed through listening and feedback. This is consistent with her commitment bringing attention to the role women’s voices continue to play in diverse social contexts.
STRUCTURE: The course is taught remotely and divided into 6 units. Online Study Lectures effectively run over the week – Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm CET – maintaining our usual tours’ focused, intensive and immersive experience.
Session 1. – Women’s Audio Archive, 2009
In establishing the Women’s Audio Archive, Lewandowska seeks to create a collection and a site that would act as a meeting point where conversations recorded by her would participate in developing a history of women in the media-visual tradition, which by its ephemeral nature can be easily forgotten. The Archive, with its focus on sound makes an incision in the hegemony of visual culture and commodity values.