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15 December 2013
For archives!

David G. Torres

Yesterday we highlighted what we consider to be some good news, the sixth anniversary of Homesession. A project, what’s more, we feel particularly close to. It seems that lately, questions of cultural policies and the administration of culture are back on the front line. So remembering the anniversary of Homesession is also remembering that what comes first are always initiatives, projects and this strange need to do things. It’s always happened and it’s what has generated context, and not just in Barcelona.

Lately I’ve been researching into La Mamelle, a space and initiative active from 1975 until 1995. A coincidence led me to bump into La Mamelle: with the presentation there of “Big Wrench” by Chris Burden and some of the videos of Ant Farm (whom we’ve talked a lot about here). No doubt for many I’m not discovering anything new as La Mamelle has been a reference for many artists and creators: a programme of performances, presentations, a magazine and one of the first online art publications.

It’s not easy to find information about La Mamelle. Despite being on-line pioneers, the closure of the project in 1995 means that little information is left, particularly in comparison with the spaces that opened afterwards for which internet has been our natural habitat. However, the Art Spaces Archives Project maintains an exhaustive record of all the activities developed in La Mamelle.And obviously not just of La Mamelle. Art Spaces Archives Project is quite a luxury; an archive dedicated to non-profit spaces in the United States. In actual fact the archive is so fashionable it seems that any project that bears the word archive is per se worthy. With Art Spaces Archives Project, however, we discover the true value of the archive: as a record, useful for research and for knowledge. So when’s the Art Spaces Archives Project for Europe due? Who dares?

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