What I am discussing tonight is the importance of art to community and to personal and economic wellbeing, drawing on the ACT Archives. Archives are a vital part of the collective memory of any community. The word 'archive' contains, in its etymological genealogy, the verb arkho, which incorporates the idea of beginnings or origins. So, we can conceive of archives as combining the authority of government with the ability to collect and preserve evidence of what was going on, and with the idea of origins. Access to archives and all their riches provides what all researchers need - including people like me, who research contemporary practice, because what is contemporary is to a significant extent built on what came before.
22 Jun 2022
ACT Government, Australia, Australian Capital Territory