Floorplan for an institution: The Archive
Craig Barnes, Elizabeth Mills

Opens 28th January 2013
Meter Room, 58-64 Corporation Street, Coventry, West Midlands, CV11GF

With the recent shift to producing more media documentation than we can consume, why consciously begin an archive if it becomes un-navigable without constant administration and management? Archiving the archive is like a dog chasing it’s tale: Goes fast, gets nowhere, feels dizzy.

The Archive, curated by Craig Barnes of artist run project space Down Stairs, offers possible approaches that create a new body of reductive, and therefore subjective, archive material. Rather than ponder how to archive media which grows at an exponential rate, The Archive seeks to document the now largely undocumented incidentals: the conversations that take place between people in person.

For The Archive Craig Barnes has constructed a series of large crudely carpeted sculptures on wheels, entitled Breakout zone (Shitty slapdash Bauhausian social sculpture), which will serve as the location for a series of small meetings, discussions and workshops within Meter Room.

Over documentation of these events is to be avoided. Instead, minutes of pertinent details will be taken and circulated in good time. A digest if you like.

The series of meetings will dealing with notions of coupling discipline with invention, order from chaos, storytelling, redundant skill sets, ways to increase effectiveness of memory, delegation in collaborative practice, and the question: should everybody, regardless of profession, take part in a Monday meeting?

About Floor Plan for an Institution
Floor Plan for an Institution is a durational collaborative project, whereby artist-curators from 5 artist-run spaces have been invited to contribute to the design of a speculative artist-run institution within the Meter Room project space, as a means of collectively imagining an alternative model for what an art institution could be.
Curators from each artist-run space have been invited to create one of the rooms for the institution, the sum total of which will create an alternative model for how an artist-run institution could be formed and how it might function. The following rooms, each common to an archetypal art institution, will be responded to over a 5 month period.
#1. The Reception – Pitt Studio, Division of Labour. #2. The Auditorium – Vinyl Art Space. #3. The Cafe & Bookshop – Movement. #4. The Archive – Down Stairs. #5. The Gallery – Grand Union