Art in Context | Object, Use, Index: Archives in and of Artists’ Moving Images

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About this program

London-based researcher Claire M. Holdsworth, lecturer at the University of the Arts London (UAL), draws from her experiences working in artists’ and other private collections, including those of Isaac Julien. Considering how experimental film and video works made in the UK since the 1970s have critiqued history, Holdsworth responds to Julien’s multichannel film installation Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement (2019). The talk traces queer and decolonial aesthetics, examining how this work enacts complex dialogues between sounded and visualized materials, the past and the present, and what this means for artwork/artist archives and the institutions that house them. 

About Claire M. Holdsworth

Claire M. Holdsworth is a writer, archivist, and researcher based in London. Specializing in artists’ moving image from the 1960s to 1990s, her research explores sound theory through interviews, archives, artists, collectives, artworks, and texts. Holdsworth works as an archivist in private collections, including those of Isaac Julien, Mark Nash, and curator Jasia Reichardt. She is a lecturer in the artists’ moving image fine art program at Central Saint Martins (UAL), where she received her PhD. Holdsworth is writing a monograph on experimental film, sound arts, and music in feminist expanded performance in 1970s/80s London and developing a project on the history of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California. 


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Art in Context

Presented by faculty, staff, student guides, and visiting scholars, these gallery talks focus on a particular work of art in the museum’s collections or special exhibitions through an in-depth look at its style, subject matter, technique, or time period.

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British Film Institute archive, Berkhamsted, UK. Photo by Claire M. Holdsworth

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