RICOCHET 2: The Archive

RICOCHET 2 focuses on archives (analogue and digital), their ‘production’, uses (including manipulation) and will touch on the increasing importance of the politics of archives, archives treated as testimony, archive storage/visualization and relation with machine learning (archive dreaming). Two discussants Ioana Marinescu and Bojana Barltrop will present their work on individual and institutional archives, while Edward Bottoms the AA archivist, will comment on the AA archive practices.


Ioana Marinescu: Past Present. Performing the Archive

How does the archive become alive, explosive, part of the city, part of our history in making? Ioana will talk about her long-term research that involves archival material and recent projects that bring this material into the present. She works with large scale photographs in public spaces, with projections and live readings to give voice to an archive of photographs, testimonies and drawings that recall lost parts of her hometown Bucharest.

Ioana Marinescu BA Arch, DipArch RIBA studied architecture in Romania and UK. She practiced as a photographer in London in parallel with teaching architecture and photography. She is currently completing a PhD by practice at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. At the AA, Ioana showed the ’Gas Pipes’ photographs back in 2006.


Dr Bojana BarltropInstitutional Archives and Personal Archives: The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade and its Reconstruction

What are the implications – if any – for the museum’s current agenda regarding its institutional archive of artistic practices from a state (Yugoslavia) that doesn’t exist anymore? Video with Dr Zoran Eric PhD, Chief Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.

A future of Analogue Photographic Archives

Are fictionalised records of cities produced from digitised analogue materiel ‘real’? Or these are fictionalised(‘fake records’) of fictionalised cities (‘fake cities’)? The presentation of videos from solo exhibition staged by the Museum of Contemporary Arts in May 2017. Videos/discussion

Dr Bojana Barltrop PhD, artist, practicing designer and theoretician. Educated at the AA (PhD), Skolen for Brugkunst (School of Arts and Crafts) and Grafiske Hojskule (Royal College of Graphics) in Copenhagen, Faculty of Philosophy (Department of Psychology) and Faculty of Arts and Design (Belgrade).


The RICOCHET series is a platform for AA Members & alumni to bring works in progress to the school to be put under scrutiny by students and colleagues. Intended as an intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, RICOCHET assembles the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics. Discussions themes are generated by proposals selected from a pool of submissions to the RICOCHET open calls. Watch out for the next RICOCHET 3 call for proposals in March 2018.