Archives in Motion / delegates across borders
“In an umbrella project called Migrating Archives, I create connections between diverse organizations around the world that collect and preserve LGBT historical materials. Each Migrating Archives project offers a different glimpse into what these organizations do. And for each project, the archives of the dead are reinvented to travel across borders as delegates from their home, culture and time period.
Most recently, Archivi Migranti / surrogates from elsewhere was an exhibition at the Museo D’Arte Moderna di Bologna this past November. At the invitation of the wonderful Cassero organization, I recreated Migrating Archives for their yearly Gender Bender Festival.
As an artist, I create situations in which archives can morph into multiple forms, migrate through social exchanges, and be returned to their shelves intact. These normally stable historical artifacts undergo a creative slippage, made possible through generous collaboration with the archivists, organizers and volunteers who keep these collections alive.”
E.G. Crichton is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who lives in San Francisco. She makes use of a range of art strategies, mediums and technologies to explore social issues and specific histories. Archives of one kind or another serve as both starting point and infrastructure; creative collaboration across disciplines is often a critical component. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Asia, Australia, Europe and across the United States. She is a Professor of Art at the University of California Santa Cruz.
GLBT Historical Society
The GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. Founded in 1985, the organization has grown to be recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history. From its inception, the GLBTHS has emphasized a unique form of archive activism that brings together historians, activists, writers, artists and others. Many researchers, from graduate students to prominent filmmakers, have used the archives as a valuable resource. Five years ago the organization opened the GLBT History Museum as a distinct showcase where historical materials can be transformed into inventive public displays.
E.G. will be speaking on day 3 of the conference