10 December, 6.30 – 9pm GMT

Archive, Verb is an online symposium with breakout discussion groups following presentations and provocations from artists Ashanti Harris, Onyeka Igwe, Sophie Lindsey and Ed Webb-Ingall. 
What does it mean to archive? This discursive event explores how a moving-image practice may be considered archival, even and perhaps especially when it does not involve the use and reuse of archive material.


Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and researcher. With a focus on recontextualising historical narratives, Ashanti’s work dissects epistemologies of mobilities the movement of people, ideas and things and the wider social implications of these movements. As part of her creative practice, she is co-director for Project X, a creative education programme, platforming dance and performance from the African and Caribbean diaspora, and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S.), facilitating experimental movement workshops and research groups. 

Images: Ashanti Harris | Doll Thomas, Ashanti Harris, 2019

Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation. She is born and based in London, UK. In her non-fiction video work Onyeka uses dance, voice, archive and text to expose a multiplicity of narratives. Her works have shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), LUX, Berlin Biennale, and the London, Rotterdam International, Essay and Smithsonian African American film festivals. She has exhibited at articule (Montreal), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Jerwood Space (London) and The Showroom (London). She was awarded the New Cinema Award at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2019 and the 2020 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Experimental Film. 

Images: Onyeka Igwe, photo by Sarah Bodri | No Archive Can Restore You, Onyeka Igwe, 2019

Sophie is a Welsh-based artist who creates work that responds to specific contexts, environments and situations. She works in various mediums, including text, GIFs, performance, workshops and video, often creating interventions in public space.   

She graduated with a BA in Fine Art: Critical Practice from University of Brighton in 2014, and completed a Masters in Performing Public Space at Tilburg’s Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts in 2019. Notable projects include residencies with the Barn (Banchory), 2020; g39 (Cardiff), 2019; Wave Pool Gallery (Cincinnati), 2019; and Art Gene (Barrow-in-Furness), 2017.  

More recently she has developed the collaborative video project Really Wild Lockdown for Ty Pawb’s Arts at Home / Celf Cartref programme; created a sourdough inspired karaoke for cul-de-sac festival, 2020, a performance event designed for Zoom; and through her collaborative practice Site Sit, runs Plugged in, a digital art lab. 

Images: Sophie Lindsey | Really Wild Lockdown, Sophie Lindsey, collaborative nature documentary project with Ty Pawb, 2020

Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and researcher working with archival materials and methodologies drawn from community video. He collaborates with groups to explore under-represented historical moments and their relationship to contemporary life, developing modes of self-representation specific to the subject or the experiences of the participants. He is the participation programmer for the London Community Video Archive and Senior Lecturer on the BA Film and Screen Studies course at London College of Communication. He is currently writing a book with the title BFI Screen Stories: The Story of Video Activism.

Images: Ed Webb-Ingall, photograph by Staying Out, 2020 | Like Coming Home, Workshop 2, Ed Webb-Ingall with the Portman Early Childhood Centre. A Changing Play commission by the Serpentine Galleries, 2020.

Title image: No Archive Can Restore You, Onyeka Igwe, 2020