Banner Repeater and Hackney Archives

invite you to a

Borough of Hackney Artists’ Publishing exhibition at Hackney Archives.

5th Feb - May 16th.

Banner Repeater has been working with Hackney Archives to promote the richness of Artists’ publishing across the borough.  The project aims to provide a temporary platform to raise the visibility of publishing as an art form, and is part of a broader aim to introduce Artists’ Publishing within the network of Hackney Libraries.

Hackney Archives is the recognised repository for the Borough history and its research.  This service preserves the Borough’s historic records and makes them accessible for people to research and learn from.  Hackney Archives also collects and records information relating to past and current activity in the borough.  Activating the Archive has provided Hackney Archives with the opportunity to identify local, contemporary work with a view of adding this work into the archives and to ensure its contribution to the Borough’s creative heritage. 

The exhibition features works from local artists. The exhibition is accessible during the public opening hours of Hackney Archives, located on the second floor of CLR James Library, Dalston.  Many of the works can be handled to allow the visitor to explore this medium at its best.  The works collectively go some way in representing a broad range of artistic practices that engage with the publishing process, including Artists, Artist-led groups, collectives, and independent publishers working with Artists.  

Supported by Arts Council England.


Activating the Digital Archive
at Banner Repeater project space and reading room.  

Banner Repeater will be holding drop-in days - Saturdays throughout February / April -  in tandem with the Activating the Archive display at Hackney Archives, where artists who publish are invited to drop in with their publications.  Initial data will be inputted with the help of the archive team, and as the archive goes live in March, an invitation to input more anecdotal accounts will be open to all users.  
Talks during Activating the Digital Archive.

Categorising Pirates

Saturday 28 March 2-4pm.

Karen Di Franco (digital archivist) will be in conversation with Eva Weinmayr (AND publishing) to discuss the Piracy Collection, it's affiliated projects and the difficulties this project presents to cataloguing in a mainstream environment. Testing the archive database with this project we will open out the discussion around specifying origination within artists' publishing and the broader infrastructures of collecting appropriated material.

Archival Matters/ Dynamic Archives
Saturday 4th April 2-4pm

Gustavo Grandal Montero (Chelsea College of Arts Library; Art Libraries Journal) and Arnaud Desjardin (The Everyday Press) will be discussing what art archives have become, and what the main challenges and difficulties facing the very idea of archiving might be at the beginning of the 21st Century.

The Digital Archive.
For five years Banner Repeater has been building an archive of Artists Publishing – digitalizing the material in the Public Archive at Banner Repeater.  The aim has been to generate from our existing archive a more dedicated and interactive user-driven database that constitutes a working research model: that will act as a catalogue and analysis of historical and contemporary artists publishing.
Working with several noted experts in Artists’ Publishing:  Arnaud Desjardin, who works as an artist and publisher as the Everyday Press, and as a specialist artists’ bookseller with extensive knowledge of current technological requirements and descriptions of printed matter.  Karen Di Franco, a digital archivist who has worked on the development of Book Works online archive and the touring exhibition and publication: Again, A Time Machine (2010-12). She has written for the Art Libraries Journal about digital archiving and contributed to numerous conferences, symposia and workshops about archives and has been an independent researcher in the UK Web Archive at the British Library.  And Ian Morris, who has worked in digital technologies for 15 years as a developer, collaborating in partnership with many cultural institutions, and was programmer in residence at Jan Van Eyck Academy Masstricht and is responsible for building many experimental and commercial online projects.
Over the last two years we have been developing the principle of a wiki style approach with a user/editor interface applied to the idea of an archive.  The project introduces the possibility for users and producers to create their own metadata: crucial information, structuring a new model in retrieving information, to further understand, disseminate and share through the database as a working model.
Through the emphasis on including anecdotal accounts as well as specialised information, cross-referenced and co-edited by users, we hope to provide a refined as well as contributive learning experience from participants' many voices and histories: a tool as well as an electronic commons for the exchange of detailed information.
Following examples of proprietary strategies such as Google Books, Activating the Digital Archive is invested in developing the archive as a digital commons without the gatekeepers.