This week as a group we had an in-depth discussion about the term ‘archiving’ and the significance this will have in responding to and documenting the changing face of Queensgate Market. The concept of archiving is a significant theme to explore as it will allow for aspects of the market to be preserved in preparation for the changes proposed as part of the Kirklees Council Huddersfield Blueprint.  Along with this, the current pandemic is having a financial impact on stall holders, along with effecting social engagement and it is likely that many of the traders will suffer as a result, and in the worst-case scenario have to close down their businesses. As a group, we have recognised the importance of an archival approach, and the significance this will have in documenting the social and cultural ecology of the market as it is today. This will ultimately create a legacy for the traders, stalls and people of Queensgate Market. In researching the V&A’s archival section on their website, we decided each individual would write up an archive entry document to go along with our artwork. The intention behind this is to reinforce the concept of producing a historical document of the market.

(V&A, 2020)

V&A. (2020). Guy Little Theatrical Photograph . V&A. https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O173063/guy-little-theatrical-photograph-photograph-clarkington-co/

To further explore the concept in relation to the exhibition space, we discussed the idea of creating an ambient soundscape within the exhibition, which would create a more immersive experience for the viewer. We also covered the potential outcomes of this project in the future, and how we could potentially make the exhibition available to future artists and researchers who wish to explore the archival work of Queensgate Market. We talked about the importance of a social media platform and began researching into the V&A’s archive section on their website for inspiration on how we would eventually build and design our own website. To ensure viewers could access the exhibition on different platforms, Reece suggested creating a simplified version of this VR exhibition experience, through creating a 360 video which would be accessible on mobile phones.

To ensure we as a group are continually progressing, we have decided to organise MS Teams meetings 1-2 times per week. In addition to this we have set up a google drive as a platform to share our work. Scheduling in this way will show each individuals contribution and will hopefully prevent anyone falling behind or becoming confused about the project. I think this communication is vital during this pandemic period, as the majority of our work and meetings will be carried out online, and I feel it is easier to become less attached and involved when studying in this way. It can also be a daunting experience to be on a video camera with people we haven’t met before, and so by all agreeing to attend regular Teams meetings, I hope this approach will minimise any miscommunication and instil confidence within the entire group.

To gain more of an understanding of the concept our brief, I read the article Cultural Ecology and Cultural Critique and The Ecology of Culture. These readings clarified the relationship between Temporary Contemporary and The School of Art, Design and Architecture and their aim to initiate creativity and bring communities together.

(Bailey, Kurpnieks, Davies and Delsante, 2019)

Bailey , R., Booth-Kurpnieks, C., Davies, K., & Delsante, I. (2019). Cultural Ecology and Cultural Critique. , https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8040166

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