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November 2012 - April 2013
Toby Huddlestone


: A research exhibition in four parts, 2012-2013
Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester and Curatorial TimeShare, London.

The four parts (please click on each for further information and documentation):
Part 1: Exhibition as presentation, LDP, Manchester
Part 2: Photocopy Show, Curatorial Timeshare, London
Part 3: Correspondence Show, LDP, Manchester
Part 4: Poster (as artwork as exhibition)

Auto-Archive is a research exhibition project in four parts, featuring Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Robert Barry, Desmond Church, Dan Graham, On Kawara, John Latham, Peter Liversidge, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jonathan Monk, Gianni Motti, Bruce Nauman, PostDocument (Rémi Parcollet, Aurélien Mole and Christophe Lemaitre), Barry Sykes.
Curated by Toby Huddlestone for Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester

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.

Auto-archive sets in motion a reversal of the usual curatorial process - a new method whereby the original exhibition (given as a presentation) is unpicked over the course of the project. The research begins with an exhibition, which then forms research for the potential for something else. Maybe a reduction, maybe an extension.


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.
Toby Huddlestone, 2012

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 is a research venture in support of emerging curators hosting a series of curatorial residencies and ongoing projects until late 2013.
http://lioneldobieproject.com/ LDP HQ, 91 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB
Supported by MIRIAD - Castlefield Gallery¬ - Arts Council

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.
http://enclaveprojects.com/ TIME SHARE, ENCLAVE Projects, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT

Thanks must go to all the artists, especially Raimundas Malasauskas, Des Church, Christophe Lemaitre, Jonathan Monk, Robert Barry, Barry Sykes and Manuel Saiz; Lois and Helen at Lionel Dobie Project; Curatorial Timeshare, Anthony Gross, Lucy Sames and Mário Pires Cordeiro at Enclave; Fatos Ustek, Frances Loeffler, David Martin, Kwong Lee, Elisa Kay and Claire Louise Staunton.