EG Crichton

Archive Installation
8 plexiglas archive boxes, lights, backlit images from the archive
dimensions variable
2010
(left foreground Crichton, left above Rifkin, large photo Hellu, right Crichton)
Work in Exhibition:

Archive Installation
8 plexiglas archive boxes, lights, backlit images from the archive
dimensions variable
2010

Matched pair photo session animations
2 digital picture frames
10 x 12” each
2010

LINEAGE: MATCHMAKING IN THE ARCHIVE II

A love-letter on a red napkin, a pair of sequin gloves, an unpublished sci fi novel, a government security clearance, a photograph of Dining Hall #3 in Topaz, Utah, a gold wheelchair trophy:  these are a few of the things that first lured me to the GLBTHS archives. It was an easy seduction; I am a sucker for mystery and have always found the visual evidence of a person’s life uniquely inspiring.

It seems I am not alone.  One by one I have been matchmaking people with the archives of those who have died, asking each to invent a response. There are a few guidelines: no one is matched to someone they knew, most pairings cross generations, and the selected collections have not yet been in the public eye. Mostly I use intuition and demographics to match creative individuals with an archive that will turn them on. Intense dyadic relationships between the living and the dead are forming in this process. It is a kind of lineage that resides outside bloodlines and marriage contracts, a lineage that has nurtured us in our LGBT communities forever.

The body of creative work to emerge from this process is becoming visible to the public in exhibitions, presentations and – soon - on the website http://lgbtlineage.net. In 2009, the GLBT Historical Society hosted Lineage’s inaugural exhibition featuring work by the first 11 matched participants and myself.  Now, as part of CHRONOTOPIA: the Past. Present and Future of Queer Histories, the work of 8 new collaborators is on view here at SOMArts. For people whose collective and individual traces have so often been erased, taking charge of our community memory is still a radical act.

E.G. Crichton,
Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society
LINEAGE Curator
2010

E.G. Crichton uses a range of art strategies to explore social issues, history, and site-specific subject matter. She often works within community settings and collaborates across disciplines with performers, writers, scientists and composers, to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Europe, Japan, Australia and across the U.S. As first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society, she has developed LINEAGE: Matchmaking in the Archive, a project that involves a growing number of participants, each matched to the archive of someone who has died. She lives in San Francisco and is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Artist's website: http://egcrichton.ucsc.edu/