Heuristic Memories: Intimate Derivations and Other Spectres in the Archive
A spectre haunts the archive ... and that spectre is the archive itself. Archives are, after all, almost by their very definition, hauntological (as opposed to ontological); they are incomplete representations of the past projected into the present, ghostly manifestations masquerading as material traces, co-existing in a strange simultaneity between the 'then‚' and the 'now.' However, if time really is 'out of joint,' as both Hamlet and Walter Benjamin proclaim, then perhaps the ghosts that wander the archive may just be of our own invention, a reverse hauntology where the living pester the dead.
The seven research-based and project-oriented contemporary artists participating in the Heuristic Memories exhibition at the Cerritos College Art Gallery all treat the archive as an artistic medium for their conceptual bodies of work and, in the process, perform themselves as mediums, channeling the ghosts that haunt their respective reconstructed and/or reconsidered archival selections.