Archives of Feeling

Archives of Feeling explores the various ways that artists and communities transform lived experiences of trauma into new archives of knowledge and feeling.

Location: RMIT Design Hub, RMIT Gallery

Artists and communities have long used creative practice to communicate the felt dimensions of traumatic experience. This exhibition proposes that we need new forms of archives to express the affective and ongoing dimensions of trauma in order to more adequately recognise the knowledge produced by trauma communities. Through creative practice, this exhibition explores and imagines these new kinds of archives; it seeks to use these structures as a means of approaching a more productive understanding of trauma and recovery, both individual and collective

Archives of Feeling approaches this complex topic through personal connections, bringing into conversation practitioners with lived experience and our local communities. By combining traditional exhibition practices with creative media and socially engaged methods of community partnerships and collaboration, the exhibition will transform the gallery into a living, growing, sensorial and expanding archive of feelings. It will be an active archive through which to explore, learn and unlearn; a practical resource for living with trauma; and a proposition that offers new ways of both archiving experience and experiencing archives.

Image: Jude Worters, Malajusted (Hiding), Digital Photograph, 2021

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.