Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox

Venues

  • 'Public Knowledge', Cubitt, London

    9 – 19 March 2011

  • 'Performance as Publishing', South London Gallery

    6 July 2011

  • 'Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox', Grand Union, Birmingham

    7 – 30 November 2013

‘Public Knowledge’ is based around two influential film archivists on opposing sides of the debate between preservation and circulation.

The play Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox is a dramatised exchange of letters constructed from the writing, correspondence and commentators of Ernest Lindgren, the BFI National Film Archive’s first curator – careful, scientific and restrained by public responsibilities and budgets – and Henri Langlois, the flamboyant and passionate co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française who collected, saved, and screened as widely as possible. The work exists as annotated script, live performance and video installation.

Two large-scale drawings depict photocopies of diagrams drawn by each archivist depicting their own archive. At Grand Union, the work was displayed with an archive of materials and library.

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Collaborations:

Performance as Publishing
www.performanceaspublishing.com

The Alternative School of Economics
www.alternativeschoolofeconomics.org

All the Libraries in London
www.allthelibraries.com

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