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Re-imagining An Archive: June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive Installation
10:00 – 17:30, Friday 29th April 2016
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June Givanni is a curator of Pan African Cinema for over 3 decades; she has collected a wealth of materials related to that area of cinema. The materials include video and audio cassettes, posters, photographs and film stills, scripts, publications, documents and ephemera from the African continent, and the African diaspora including the Caribbean, North America and Europe with Black British cinema at its core.
She is developing an archive to make this collection accessible and has had the help of Birkbeck, University of London (Emma Sandon and Ben Cranfied) and Central Saint Martins, UAL colleagues (Judy Wilcocks and Steven Ball), in researching a model for developing the archive; with other consultants involved in shaping the business and spatial elements (David A. Bailey and Gianmaria Givanni respectively).
This installation is based on the resulting model of a semi-permanent Studio Archive that could be located in different partner spaces for years at a time, with its main storage located off-site. In this installation, as in the actual Archive, The Archivist’s work station is located at the centre of the space and visitors, researchers, volunteers – by appointment – are accommodated and supervised in the Gallery space. The installation gives us an opportunity to try out some of the practicalities of this idea.
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