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Artist Takeover by Katya Mora – Activating our Archives

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In April 2020 Activating our Archives participant Katya took over the Modern Art Oxford Instagram feed for the day to share part of her ongoing contemplative diary series.

Her video work responds to the idea of information intake in the time of Coronavirus. She asks questions such as: Where does my body store the virtual information I consume during the lockdown? How to build an archive from an abstract gathering or accumulation?

In this blog post we share some of her work, which will remain as an important archive of this extraordinary time.

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#ActivatingOurArchives #ArtistTakeover Today @katyamora_c takes over our feed with her contemplative diary series responding to the idea of information intake in the current climate.⠀ . "What makes an archive, with the challenge to contextualize it in this special times?⠀ ⠀ I am approaching the question by thinking of virtual information and the Infodemic we live in, related to (my) body as an archive.⠀ Where does my body store the virtual information I consume during the lockdown?⠀ How to build an archive from an abstract gathering or accumulation?⠀ ⠀ I propose these videos as part of an exploratory process, having my movements in the environment limited,⠀ my mind is wandering everywhere with a lot of information and sometimes my eyes are looking for a long time still to a same point.⠀ ⠀ Images as a diary. Collecting words that are booming on me. Video like a photography.⠀ Language as territory. Contemplation and the unexpected.” ⠀ 4 April 2020⠀ #4april⠀ .⠀ #ActivatingOurArchives #CommunityDialogues #Sociallyinclusivearts #Communityarts #buildingcommunities #myoxford #Oxford_UK #ModernArtOxford #FusionArts

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24th April
#activatingourarchives #pandemic #surveillance #surveillancesystems #police
#colonialvirus #netfriends #giveonelike #algorithm #dataappropriation

 

29th April
Stopping “We have to get used to a new normality”
#activatingourarchives #imageappropriation #colonialvirus #colonizingthebo-
dies #spanishflu #100yearslater #newnormality #pandemic2020

Find out more about Katya’s work here.

Explore Katya’s work further and follow her project as it develops via her online archive:

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Modern Art Oxford’s Activating our Archives project is a live digital archiving and curating project led by artist and curator Sunil Shah, organised in collaboration with Fusion Arts Oxford. Click here to see live work surrounding the themes of storytelling, identity, communication and ownership in the digital space.