Anarchive and Collective Being: Towards a Non-Hierarchical Archive Practice

2024.06.22 Saturday 15:00


Macalline Center of Art, 706 Beiyi St, 798 Art Zone, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Speakers:Dai Xiyun, Harriet Min Zhang, Jiang Yiwei, Wang Youyou

Raqs Media Collective made an annual artist lecture at Asia Art Archive on Mar 27, 2024. In this lecture, Raqs Media Collective reflected on their long-standing commitment to “kinetic contemplation,” especially in regards to interruptions, distortions, shifts, twists, and flows in the perception and representation of time in daily life, archives, and imagined timelines. They asked: Does time always flow forward, from point A to point B? Can time flow in a spiral? How long is “now”?


MACA is honored to have the permission and support from Raqs Media Collective and Asia Art Archive to screen excerpts of this performance lecture on this Saturday (Jun 22, 2024). MACA invited four art practitioners to engage in a panel discussion surrounding key concepts from the lecture, such as "anarchive", "time cone", and "ordinary", with the aim of responding to Raqs Media Collective's previous practices. Through the panel, we anticipate generating further reflections on anarchive, time form, and collectivity after collectivism.

The Macalline Center of Art (MACA) is a non-profit art institution located in the 798 Art District of Beijing and officially inaugurated its space on January 15, 2022. Occupying a two-story building with a total area of 900 square meters, MACA unites artists, curators, and other art and cultural practitioners from around the world. Through its diverse, ongoing, and collaborative approaches, the Center establishes a new site on the contemporary art scene. Guided by the “work of artists” and backed by interdisciplinary research, the Center aims to bring together a community passionate about art and devoted to the “contemporary” moment so as to respond proactively to our rapidly evolving times.