The first room “The folk archive” is a documentary fund, collected by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane. This is rather an ethnological collection of creative practices and tradition, some of which are really ancient. It witnesses in its own way the British popular cultural identity.
1998 - 2008 Ed Hall’s Banners
The second room presents a collection of banners painted and embroidered for different associations by Ed Hall, an architect involved in social movements. These banners tell in a particular manner the 30 last years of British history viewed by minorities and social concerns they defend. Ed Hall has selected by himself the banners which he has lent for this exhibition.
William Scott. Good Person
This section presents the William Scott’s urban planning project that would see San Francisco rebuilt as a new city named “Praise Frisco” and a series of portrait works which depict himself, his family and members of his local church. William Scott works at Creative Growth Art Centre (USA) that is an art workshop that serves a community of adult artists with mental, physical and developmental disabilities.
1962-2001 The beginning of the rock in France (in collaboration with Marc Touché)
Two collections are presented in this room. The first is an archive of Golf Drouot, an emblematic place for the birth of rock in France. The second collection is the archive of a rehearsal studio of an amateurish rock group Against You. Both archives are a kind of contemporary archaeology that allows determine social appurtenance of members of the group.
1917-1939 Sound in Z (Matt Price and Andrey Smirnov)
This section presents documents, photographs and visuals which are linked with archives of Theremin Centre in Moscow, a centre of researches that linked the physical aspect of acoustic and the musical sciences. The aim of this archive is to restore the history and the culture of this “artistic utopia” of 1910-1920 which was destroyed in confrontation with the soviet authorities.
1760-2008 All that is solid melts into air (with Scott King)
The title of the exposition is a citation from the Communist Manifest. This section put together a lot of objects and witnesses of the period between 1760 and 2008. Some of them are representative of the state of industrial development in Victorian Great Britain and enthusiastic artist’s attitude toward it. Another part of the documents demonstrate relations of transition and consequence that could be established between the industrial revolution and the cultural one, which is the appearance of the rock music.