Workshop: who ate the archive?

16 March
Image: Emily Simek and Joy Zhou, [co-worm-ing], Testing Grounds, 2023. Image courtesy Emily Simek.

Image: Emily Simek and Joy Zhou, co-worm-ing, Testing Grounds, 2023. Image courtesy Emily Simek.


16 March

Saturday, 1-3pm (AEST)


Blindside [i]
Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
Wed – Sat, 12 – 6pm


Wheelchair access


Free, bookings required

‘who ate the archive?’ is an interactive composting workshop for catalogue hoarders, facilitated by Emily Simek and Joy Zhou at Blindside. Participants are invited to bring in paper-based archival materials, and share a memory of when they pocketed a catalogue or room sheet from an exhibition. Why did you take that home? What is it doing now? These materials will be collectively metabolised through conversation and then composted onsite in a worm farm. A liquid fertiliser (worm wee) will be produced as an archive of these digested memories and shared with participants after the closing of the exhibition.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March