The ephemeral as archivable (material or process) reveals physicality, authority and locality – manifesting as indexable with constructed permanence. Hierarchies of temporality, fashioned by aesthetic considerations, when valued within a common architecture commence an Archive: a topography produced through reframing but also regeneration.


The Promise of Something and Nothing is constructed under the commandment of a curatorial agenda, involving from the outset practitioners that navigate archive production through image production. Divisions and ruptures which are expressed through dimensionality repeat as archival impulse with given vulnerabilities. Reanimated components, layered microcosms housed within an exhibition space, stimulate partitions and pathways to accessibility. These receptive conditions offer potentiality in artistic gestures and alternative classifications paralleling the archival organism’s contentious nature.


A staging of international artistic practices and invited response, the akin environments of the exhibition space and the publication extend the discourse on Art Archives while prominently acknowledging Penelope Curtis’s text From Out of the Shadows in All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist. As impetus for a range of voices to converge, prompt and occupy, The Promise of Something and Nothing constructs an archival organism.



Invited as response for publication: Lily Hall & Mette Kjærgaard Præst, Jenna Yuanyuan Bao, neverhitsend, Kirsten Cooke, They Are Here, Ellen Greig and Una Hamilton Helle.


Publication produced in generous collaboration with designer Kelly Bullard. With special thanks to Ryonet Los Angeles and Archiving the Artist: All This Stuff published by Libri Publishing in 2013, UK.

Klaus Dauven | Chris Engman | Fatherless | Heyward Hart | Anne Guro Larsmon

Kevin Cooley & Phillip Andrew Lewis | neverhitsend | Emily Shanahan | Colin Patrick Smith

They Are Here | Samira Yamin | Curated by Ann Harezlak

Opening: August 1 | 6pm—9pm | Live printing performance by Fatherless

August 1 - 30, 2015

Heyward Hart, 2015, 9 to 5