Launch of Research Processes at Index with Anna Barham (2019)

In 2019 Index begins a new strand – the Research Processes. These are our tool to define other temporalities at Index. The goal is to establish some areas of investigation inviting artists and other practitioners to work without a starting plan or objective. Moments of visibility will be defined together. From workshops to seminars, from publications to idea-exhibitions; sometimes it’s important not to start with rules or plans in order to be able to define what could be possible to do. The Research Processes will facilitate deep discussions on specific matters.

The first artist in the program is British artist Anna Barham. Barham works with and beyond language, with text and readings, videos and situations, objects and structures and this will be the field for a possible investigation and dialogues between Index and the artist. The conceptual construction related to language has been a crucial factor for conceptual art. Linguistics and performativity will be the starting point for an investigation that can take several forms and temporalities, approaching a collective process of definition for the usability of linguistic structures. Part of the time that Anna Barham will develop her Research Process will happen during her artistic residency at St John’s College in Oxford.

Anna Barham works with video, writing and live events, exploring the materiality and errancy of language alongside broader issues of translation, authorship and subjectivity. She is currently making a new book work with Foundation Press which will be published in May. Recent commissions include Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK; Playground Festival, Museum M, Leuven, BE; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Fig-2, London, UK; and Hayward Gallery, London, UK. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kunst-Werke, Berlin, DE; The Welcome Collection, London, UK; Chapter, Cardiff, UK; KM-, Graz, AT; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; Rotterdam Film Festival, NL; MHKA, Anterwep, BE; Le Plateau, Frac Ile de France, Paris, FR; ICA, London; and Tate Modern, London, UK. Barham lives and works in London. Artist website.