(processing) – Bay Area Artists and the Archive

Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Bay Area Society for Art & Activism
Carrie Hott
Rose Khor
Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang
Heather Murphy
Sugata Ray
Danielle Schlunegger
Andrew Ananda Voogel
Tali Weinberg

(processing) is an exhibition of ten Bay Area artists whose work addresses society’s endless accumulations. These artists approach the archive in a variety of ways. They work with institutional collections of irreplaceable cultural objects, and personally significant items some might call junk. They do research in libraries, attics, on the internet, on the road, and in the wild. They offer reappraisals of buried histories, and tell fanciful stories about imaginary worlds. They take abstract information and make it immediate and sensual, and use spreadsheets to collate the ineffable. They borrow, they steal, and they give back. They organize and they scatter. At a time when many feel betrayed by an information age that has seen our private lives abducted by the database, these artists offer strategies of processing “the archive” that are intimate and intuitive, yet critical and research based.


Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age: Theology, Artistic Cultures, and Environmental Transformation in Early Modern Braj, ca. 1560–70.  Video abstract from Taylor & Francis. Read the transcript


“Whose Religion? Whose Speech? Whose Freedom?” TraFo-Beiträge zur transregionalen Forschung, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin and Max Weber Stiftung, Bonn (April 8, 2014). 


"The Buddha in the Colonial Archive: Art History and the Making of the 'Effeminate' Male Body," Collecting South Asia | Archiving South Asia, University of California, Berkeley, 2014


South Asia Research Notes (Berkeley: Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2014).   Download here


“Objects of Desire, Objects of Loot: Collecting South Asian Art,” Khabar: Newsletter of the Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2013): 8–9. Download here


Scholar Favorites, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Honolulu, 2013 (Film series on the Doris Duke Foundation art collection)


Pika Ghosh, "'Political Hinduism' & Material Culture in North India," A review of In the Name of Krishna: The Cultural Landscape of a North Indian Pilgrimage Town, by Sugata Ray, Dissertation Reviews, 2013.


For the Love of Land: Corporeal Topophilia and the Remaking of ‘State Space’ in Colonial India, Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2013