Anne Kay and Jane Polkinghorne

Artist archive, 2005

Artist archive, 2009

Artist archive, 2015

Artist archive, 2005 – 2015

Artist archive grew out of an interest in the vagaries of the art world, for instance: which artists gain recognition for their work, what success as a visual artist is perceived to be, how an artist relates to the broader community or society, and how these ideas shift and fluctuate over-time. Brief responses to questions of this kind were video recorded with 100 artists we encountered over a 4-month period. As a kind of time-capsule, the work was designed to be put aside for 10 years, after which the work would be complete. The multi-monitor layout allowed visitors to move through the work, spending as much time as they chose to sample the interviews. In 2005, an accompanying work called Artist archive map used colour-coded lines and shapes to visualise connections between the artists, based on institutional, group and individual relations.