As part of the annual ECA Alumni Micro-Residencies programme, funded by Devolved Researchers Grant from the Institute for Academic Development, MFA Contemporary Art Photography graduate Suzanne van der Lingen and MA Contemporary Art Theory graduate Claire Walsh will be hosting an event as part of EAF. We caught up with them before they started their residency.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves

Suzanne: I am an artist, writer and curator. My practice focuses on lens-based media, publishing and art writing. Claire and I first collaborated on a publication as part of my MFA degree show project, Exotica!, which eventually led to us working together as guest co-editors at MAP.  I’ve been a committee member at EMBASSY Gallery since January 2015.

Claire: I studied painting in art school and now work as an editor and curator. I’m curatorial assistant at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and, prior to my involvement with MAP, worked as co-editor of the online journal, Occupy Paper. I chose the course at ECA for my masters because it offered a combined focus on art writing, curating and practice whereas I found comparable courses elsewhere seemed to focus on one or the other. Since January I have been a member of the Curatorial Studio group, a peer-learning environment for early career curators from across Scotland.

What is MAP?

MAP is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the discussion and support of artist-led publishing and production. MAP editorial directors Alice Bain and Laura Edbrook invited us to undertake a year-long guest editorship and create a project related to the MAP archive to celebrate the launch of MAP’s complete digital archive. The resulting project, Footnoting the Archive, approaches the archive as an active site for artistic production.

What will you be during your micro-residency?

We’re looking to use the micro-residency as an opportunity to reflect on the development of Footnoting the Archive, as well as to produce new work in response to both the residency and the editorial project.

Part of our micro-residency is dedicated to ‘Endnotes’, a series of commissions by invited artists and researchers - Peter Amoore, Annet Dekker, Aideen Doran, and Victoria Horne - presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2016. This strand of the Footnoting the Archive project will be presented in three parts: a printed publication, a series of online commissions, and an event on 13th of August at ECA. The contributors were invited to respond to the project with ideas about annotation, parallel narratives and artistic approaches to archives. The online commissions, which relate to and interact with the content within the printed publication, can be found on the MAP website. The event includes individual presentations by each contributor followed by a group discussion led by writer and curator Jenny Brownrigg.

What will you be doing with students during your micro-residency?

We’ll be working with students on a workshop called L’Esprit de l’Escalier: Afterthoughts and Postscripts. The workshop will use collaborative interrogations of annotations and footnotes as a means of producing ‘postscripts’ in response to archival images, objects and locations around ECA. We want to share the texts and works that have influenced our editorial direction with the students, engage them in critical discussions and potentially instigate the production of new (collaborative) work. We see the workshop and the ‘Endnotes’ event as a chance to invite others to respond to the core methods and concepts of Footnoting the Archive.