Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
For ‘Inspirational Archives’ I will set up a series of ‘Forgery Factories’. In these workshops for local groups such as ‘The Search Society’, (metal detectorists), ‘Introverts United’, ‘The Naturalist Group’ and ‘Volunteers to the South West Film and Video Archive’, I will curate, make and repurpose objects, artefacts and documents – each dedicated to fictional historical personalities or organisations.
The eventual collection of ‘Inspirational Archives’ will be exhibited as a solo exhibition covering 500 square metres of gallery space at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester in March 2019.
The first of the ‘Inspirational Archives’ was made at the British School at Rome over the summer, 2017. ’The Man Who Would be Elagabalus’ is a forged archive centred on a semi-fictional bit-part actor known as ‘O.T.’ who actually was in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ filmed in England 1972. According to my fiction O.T. maintained contact with Pasolini, attempting to persuade the filmmaker to commission a screenplay on the life of the bad Roman Emperor, Elagabalus. Archival components pertaining to ‘O.T’s obsessional ambitions include posters, a screenplay/treatment, story boarding, site-photography and costume designs.
Supported by an Arts Council England GFTA Research & Development grant