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Enclave 7: Curatorial TIMESHARE | Auto-Archive, Photocopy Show

Jan 4, 2013

LIONEL DOBIE PROJECT (Manchester) and Curatorial TIMESHARE (London) present a new project by Toby Huddlestone, featuring Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Robert Barry, Dan Graham, On Kawara, John Latham, Peter Liversidge, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jonathan Monk, Gianni Motti, Bruce Nauman, PostDocument and more…

Auto-Archive Photocopy Show at Curatorial TIMESHARE, London is an exhibition comprising photocopies of works selected for the AUTO-ARCHIVE project.

AUTO-ARCHIVE shifts the archive from a post-event medium, to a structure that predicts and predetermines the outcome of an event.

It is a research project comprising presentation, discussion, exhibition, publication and review engaged with artworks that seem to archive their future outcome. Through their conceptual structure, each artwork attempts to predetermine their own outcome in some way – they set the parameters necessary in order to preempt what will be archived of them, thus providing a commentary into the future.


8 DEC 2012, 6-7pm – It Started Afterwards…so what can you say will go on? at Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester. A 60-minute exhibition presented via a verbal and visual presentation

25 JAN – 16 FEB 2013, Preview 25 JAN 6-9pm – Auto-Archive Photocopy Show at Time Share, London. An exhibition comprising photocopies of works selected for the AUTO-ARCHIVE project

MAR/APR – AUTO-ARCHIVE Publication launch at Lionel Dobie project, Manchester. A publication featuring artworks and text from the Auto-Archive project.

MAY/JUNE – Review, National. A review via an invited writer.

Notes on PHOTOCOPY SHOW – Preview 6pm, 25 Jan 2013, runs to 16 Feb 2013.

Auto-Archive Photocopy Show continues Toby Huddlestone’s research project AUTO-ARCHIVE. Using the photocopy as the exhibition medium, the works in this exhibition sit somewhere between raw research and re-appropriated artworks. Depending on artwork, the works will range from standard informational A4 prints to enlarged 1:1 artwork-size images, creating an ‘in-between exhibition’. A specially-produced new work by Huddlestone will also be produced which will track each artwork’s attempt to archive their future outcome, some focusing on a minute or two into the future (Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman), whilst some suggesting an infinite life towards some kind of ‘forever’ (Desmond Church, On Kawara). The exhibition will also feature a recorded version of the ‘exhibition as presentation’ originally given by Huddlestone beginning the project in December 2012, which now forms further research for every future strand of the project.


Huddlestone’s AUTO-ARCHIVE focuses on shifting the archive from a post-event medium, to a structure that predicts and predetermines the outcome of a project.

The ‘archival’ is continually re-used by artists in order to apply, re-apply, present and frame older work in order to (re)contextualise their practice and gain opportunities: learning what was has gone before in order to generate what will come (futurology).

With the increase amount of independent curators, writers and researchers over the past 20 years or so, the archival is now being utilised more than ever before in framing curatorial practice, as it now stands as an increasingly recognised form of artistic practice.

Before this, organisations would archive exhibitions and projects in a fashion akin to history books. This is what we did and here it is in print – the end. Contemporary curating has redefined the archive and brought it into line with how artists use documentation of previous work. The archive is now being used as a research tool, an instigator, a post-modern signifier – a site where the past is up-heaved by the present, only to be made into the past again. It has become embedded into the plethora of practices we see today running through contemporary art.

This, along with an oversaturation of the personal archive through the mechanisms of contemporary communication through the Internet (social networking), has lead us to reconsider the archive – in one sense, it is the most useful tool for seeing past examples of how things have been, in another, it is too vast and complex to make any sense of.

AUTO-ARCHIVE is being produced via Huddlestone undertaking a six-month curatorial residency at Lionel Dobie Project in Manchester from November 2012 – April 2013.

LIONEL DOBIE PROJECT, MANCHESTER: Lionel Dobie Project is a research venture in support of emerging curators hosting a series of curatorial residencies and ongoing projects until late 2013. LDP HQ, 91 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB

Supported by MIRIAD – Castlefield Gallery­ – Arts Council

Curatorial TIMESHARE: Initiated by Vaari Claffey and Paul O’Neill, Curatorial TIMESHARE is a collective of curators/artists programming collectively and individually, exhibitions, events and discussions. We are: Lucy Badrocke and Frances Loeffler, Adelaide Bannerman, Al Cameron, Vaari Claffey, Group Time-share (Sam Keogh, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Alice Rekab, Francis Wasser), Toby Huddlestone, Woodrow Kernohan, Marie-Anne McQuay, Paul O’Neill, Nuno Sacramento, Edgar Schmitz, and Mick Wilson., Curatorial TIMESHARE, ENCLAVE 7, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT

TOBY HUDDLESTONE is a practicing contemporary artist currently based in London who also works on curatorial projects, continuing to focus on a practice of practices in which curating, collaborating, organising and communicating form main areas of discussion and production.

He has exhibited worldwide through solo, group exhibitions and residencies, and has work included in numerous journals and publications.


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