2021. text, digital interactive space
with Beau W Beakhouse. produced during the Catalyst Arts Spring residency.
Catalyst Arts, Belfast (remote)
10-31 May 2021
‘the system of interspecies communication: all are systems of mourning' - Paul B. Preciado, An Apartment on Uranus
The decay of contemporary digital archives, in which connections break down and decompose, posits a new experimental form of ‘preservation’. Artists Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed explore alternatives to the hegemonic, colonial history of archives conceived as centres of power, instead forming linkages that are personal, fragile or unfinished. This decomposing digital space will be shaped by and through research, text art and essay, to form relational and associative pathways.
‘The archive is a house, and like most old houses, it grows mold.’
The site was an intuitive and associative archive of research around decay, positing a new experimental form of ‘preservation’. the site formed links that were personal, fragile or unfinished through weblogs as well as an online, public chat function.
The site updated with new blogposts weekly, and scattered the archival work gathered during the residency across the web, revivifying defunct, forgotten and open resource spaces of information.