Hacking the Archives is an ongoing project funded by Arts Council England that I have been working on with digital artist Jaime Jackson of Salt Road. The project was launched in 2014 as part of the Being Human festival and is an active collaboration between the Ministry of Information Project (based in the School of Advanced Study), the Mass-Observation Archive, and a number of digital artists coordinated by Salt Road. Additional support has also been given by Adam Matthew and Orangeleaf Systems.
Participating artists include:
- Dan Brown
- Jaime Jackson
- Sally Payen
- Nathaniel Pitt
- Cathy Wade
My role in this project is primarily as a producer/commissioner. Helping to draw project together allowed me to fulfil two long-held ambitions: to work creatively with the Mass-Observation archive–the most important collection of material on the ‘everyday life’ of the UK ever assembled–and to project artwork onto the façade of Senate House, University of London. The projections were done by Insight Lighting. You can see some still pictures of these below.
This is an active project and collaboration which will be creating new work and appearing at public events during 2015.