Archive on the run
In 2009 the Living Art Museum initiated the Uppspretta project, which later produced the publication Archive on the Run. Uppspretta was intended to examine the museum’s operations and help shape its future vision following the intense process of registering and evaluating the museum’s collection and position, centered around its 30th anniversary in 2008. The process included work meetings where artists, curators and individuals with ties to the museum, based locally and in the Nordic countries, discussed their thoughts and interpretations relating to Nýló. The result of these meetings was a discussion in four parts hosted by the Iceland Academy of the Arts, which focused on the possibilities of museums and exhibition venues using Nýló as a starting point.
Following the work meetings, a decision was made to work towards two publications. The former is a Catalouge Raisonné, an in-house publication containing basic information on Nýló’s entire collection. It is possible to take the publication apart and update as the collection grows and changes and as further research is conducted. The latter publication, Archive on the Run, contains the texts by the project’s participants.
Archive on the Run is intended to be a critical platform from which Nýló’s position and possibilities can be discussed and analyzed in diverse ways, stemming from its context and history. The publication contains various ideas, which are based on the following discussion subjects; The challenges of the gift-based collection, the tension between the museum- and exhibition venue, cultural authority and resisting stagnation and finally Nýló as a community.
The drawings, which leap across the book, consist of doodles from loose sheets of paper, side products of the discussions, and can be accredited to most of the contributors. The publication also includes a drawing of the ghost of SÚM, dated 2002, courtesy of its author, Kristján Guđmundsson.
Authors contribution to Archive on the Run are: Amy Howden-Chapman, Bjarki Bragason, Bergsveinn Ţórsson, Birta Guđjónsdóttir, Elena Tzotzi, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir, Maja Bekan, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Huginn Ţór Arason, Ingunn Fjóla Ingţórsdóttir, Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ćvarsdóttir and Unnar Örn.
Archive on the run
The Living Art Museum´s narrative of self empowerment
Editors: Ármann Agnarsson, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Unnar Örn Auđarsson.
Publication management, translation and proof reading: Auđur Ađalsteinsdóttir og Dan Meththananda.
Design: Ármann Agnarsson.
Publication date 21.09.2013
Living Art Museum, September 2013
Design: Ţorleifur Gunnar Gíslasson
Both were made possible with the support of Norden - KKnord