Death To/Long Live: THE ARCHIVE is a series of interviews created by Koffler.Digital, exploring the socio-political function of video art & their archives. We spoke to artists, curators, arts workers & activists, all with diverse perspectives on the importance of video art & archives. They discuss the politics surrounding the use & misuse of archival footage, the future of the archival process in Canada & the uniqueness of video art to examine the political & social status quo.
Watch one or all seven of the interviews below
Deanna Bowen | Creating History Through Archives
Avi Feldman | Video As Witness, Video As Truth
Chris Gehman | Defining Counter Archives
Lisa Myers | Indigenous Video Artists in the '90s
Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam | Archival Stories in Home Videos
Rah | Race & Gender in Video Art
Sajdeep Soomal | The Archive as ICU and Orphanage
This series of interviews is inspired, in part, by the Koffler Gallery's Fall 2017 exhibition, Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012, which traced the development of contemporary video practice in Israel & highlights work by artists who take an incisive, analytical perspective towards the political landscape of the country & beyond.