ARCHIVE & CONFLICT
IN A POST-DIGITAL WORLD
ARCHIVO LAB 2024 aims to critically investigate the relationship between photography, the archive and conflict across different temporalities. Throughout the LAB programme, artists will delve into the materialities and immaterialities of archival production within the digital age in regard to contemporary critical appropriations concerned with different perspectives on conflict, as well as history’s repressed events and violations. It further intends to examine the techno-aesthetics of datafication, understanding artistic strategies as potential sites for resisting and counter-acting current extractivist processes, which tend to capture and transform everyday life into data.
Helen Starr is a cultural activist, curator and producer from Trinidad, based in the UK. She is the founder of The Mechatronic Library since 2010, a project that enables artists and museums to create artworks using new media technologies. She is interested in how Virtual, AI and digital systems no longer simply model physical reality, but also shape the way we behave and act with or without our knowledge and consent. These digital artworks are showcased in thought provoking multimedia exhibitions accompanied by insightful public programmes. Community, healing and learning are the core of Starr’s practice.