Dates and Times
28 March 2015 to 28 March 2014 at From 6pm
Presented by Rhiannon Armstrong
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies from members of the public.
Since 2006 it has been touring periodically as a one-to-one performance called Everything You Ever Wanted To Say But Didn’t – Part 1, where audience members add to the collection after experiencing a testimony in performance. The Archive is currently being remade as an internet-based art work co-commissioned by BAC and The Space.
Testimonies are donated by members of the public in the form of written words. They are made anonymous then performed verbatim by the Archive Custodian, Rhiannon Armstrong. Each audience member experiences one testimony only, in accordance with the core principle of the Archive: care over and attention to confessional material donated by the public and the emotional world it conjures.
This performance has been shown in various settings including Barbican Gallery’s 2007 exhibition “Seduced: art & sex from antiquity until now”, Gallery W139 in Amsterdam, Shunt Vaults, The Campsite at Ipswich Pulse Festival, and The Virtual Worlds Forum.
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid has also been presented in a number of community contexts to stimulate communication and discussion in particular amongst teenagers and at-risk young people.
About the artist
Rhiannon Armstrong is an inter-disciplinary artist making work with empathy at its core in a variety of settings, often involving public participation. She uses performance, installation, curation and research, and collaboration is central to her practice. Rhiannon works as a core artist with Coney and Kings of England, and regularly collaborates with others. She is also a violinist.
@armstrongtactic | www.rhiannonarmstrong.net