Reconstructing the Archive – TPD workshop, Hanoi

Reconstructing the Archive
Workshop with TPD, Hanoi

September 2021

As part of the ongoing project Handle With Care, this series of workshops for TPD curatorial group in Hanoi, explored expanded concept of archive supporting ongoing research and curatorial projects with Vietnam Film Institute devised with curators Trần Duy Hưng and Truong Que Chi.

Workshop 1: Reconstructing the archive part
This session will explore ways archives can be approached and explored to reveal their underlying structures – building on work of essay filmmakers we will explore models of critical engagement to explore the historical function of the archive and ways it can be creatively reimagined and reconstructed.

Workshop 2: Reconstructing the archive part
Following our opening discussion this workshop will be focused on creative ways we can reconstruct and reconsider the archive. The workshop will be structured around the experiences of FC1curatorial participants who will be invited to bring and share materials and reflections from their initial time in the archive – looking at materials from their research, life and memories to explore the entanglement of the archive with their own impressions, feelings, dreams and futures.

These workshops are part of ongoing curatorial programme building new curatorial models for archival film in Vietnam. The first workshop I did with students was Neither For Nor Against in January 2020 and following by Moving Image Ecology Workshop  in September 2021. These workshops are part of longer course run by Trần Duy Hưng and Truong Que Chi over 2020 and 2021 that have informed and fed into Handle With Care project.

Supported by British Council Vietnam, and supported by Hải Anh and Nguyen Hoang Phuong from TPD.