Research and Archive



in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating

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Cubitt, in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating, has hosted William Clarke, MFA Curating student, as part of the Research and Archive Project.

Title: Tall Tales from an Artist Led Space Date: 29th of September Times: 2 – 5pm Location: Cubitt Gallery, London

Image from 2003 Cubit Archive.

Image from 2003 Cubitt Archive.


Tall Tales from an Artist Led Space is a culmination of Cubitt’s current archive research placement being conducted by William Noel Clarke.

Clarke has based his research on Ulises Ali Mejias’ idea of the ‘paranode’, an antidote to the nodocentrism of networks as a space that “lies beyond the topological and conceptual limits of the node” (Mejias 2013, 153). While Majias’ thinking is internetocentric and serves as alternative to online and social networks, what potential does it have for rethinking and renegotiating an archive? If we think of an archives material as nodes, revealing information that is considered complete only because of its inclusion, we are fed only one reality of that archive. An archive, much like a network, may be shaped by its ‘paranodes’; that what is missing and left out becomes equally as important as what kept.

Using curatorial and artistic techniques to activate the archives material, Clarke has worked with the artists Amelia Barratt, Natasha Cox and Keira Greene to produce para-fictional writings and performances. They are intended to speculate on archival material lacking with information. In doing so we will create a publication and event that doesn’t necessarily fit into the archive but exists ‘other’ to it; it fills the gaps through storytelling and speculation while subverting the archives exercise of power. Para-fiction and speculative fiction creates new narratives based on existing information which can transcend realities and used as a non-traditional form of research.

Tall Tales from an Artist Led Space will launch the publication containing commissioned pieces of writing by the artists involved. There will also be participatory performances and a screening throughout the day. The event will also serve as an opportunity for the public and those previously involved with Cubitt to bring in material and contribute to the archive themselves.

Footnote: Mejias, Ulises Ali 2013: Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Information on works:

Amelia Barratt. Cubitt: The First File has been written in response to time spent working in the archive at Angel Mews, ruminating on the conception of Cubitt Artists and its first year as an artist-led organisation in 1991. The text will be performed at the publication launch.

Natasha Cox and Keira Green. Through Your Eyes is a new moving image work and performance that restages a 35mm print from the Cubitt archive. This work considers the span of time at play within the archive and attempts the impossible, to embody the ‘spirit of’ a screening in the early years of this artist-led space, a context wholly altered. This durational work will trace the bodies who have occupied and shaped the identity of Cubitt, who have made up the figures that become so important in the ongoing cycle of their administration. As well as to directly compare individual and collective experiences of the artist run space from one point in history to the present. These two moments fifteen years apart create a loop in the archive itself. A new audience is therefore a loss of the original.




in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating 


Cubitt -in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating- is currently hosting the Out​ ​of​ ​Data​ ​Research​ ​Group​. The collective investigates how an archive informs the identity of a cultural institution and explores possibilities and limits of visual data-representation means such as graphs and maps.




568 rows 18 columns – Out of Data Research Group with Jayson Haebich 

workshop and website launch, Saturday 10 March 2018, 3.00-6.30pm


568 rows 18 columns is a project that investigates how an archive informs the identity of a cultural institution while exploring the possibilities and limits of visual data representations such as graphs and maps.

The event marks the end of Out of Data Research Group’s six-month archival research inquiry at Cubitt. The research group – comprised of Goldsmiths MFA Curating students Johanna Hardt, Ashley Janke and Katie Yook – has brought about the datafication and digitization of information from Cubitt’s Archive. The research has been driven by their interest in challenging the apparent face value of data as a medium of knowledge transfer by exploring more fluid and dynamic modes of visual representation.



1/ Workshop: Methods of Data Analysis in Creative Fields3.00-4.30pm

Data analysis has accelerated rapidly during the past five years and is being applied to new areas such as the visual arts. In this workshop, computational artist Jayson Haebich will discuss new ways of thinking about data and information. This will include the use of data analysis and machine learning within the creative fields, how it can be used and what technologies are currently available. Jayson will introduce some easy use tools that participants can apply to their own data. 

**Places for the workshop are limited, please RSVP at


2/ Website launch + drinks reception, 4.30-6.30pm

Presentation of 568 rows 18 columns, a new work by Jayson Haebich that uses programming and data visualisation to translate Out of Data Research Group’s database of information collected from Cubitt’s archive, which dates back to 1991. Visitors are invited to interact with the works and engage with the reading materials provided. 

Drinks sponsored by Old Blue Last Beer

Download the 568 rows 18 columns booklet here.

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in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating 



 The Future Imperfect, Saturday 15 July 2017, 2.00-6.00pm

If the ‘future imperfect’ were to exist in linguistics, it would be a verb tense which fuses the past, present and future. It would bring together the ‘future perfect’, which looks forwards to a situation with a predetermined ending, and the ‘imperfect’, referring to the potentially endless continuation of a past event.

 The Future Imperfect presents Cubitt’s archive in this tense. Considering the site of the archive and the archival document, typically, as a static, boxed-away, conception of history, The Future Imperfect looks towards the future of these documents.

 You are invited to reactivate documents from within the archive, using ‘state-of-the-art’ digital technology. By translating physical documents to digitised imitations, archiving in an age of rapid technological advancement is put to the test. Employees of the ‘Bureau of Transmogrification’ will guide you in the process of shaping a possible future for Cubitt’s archive, which may result in an outcome less ideal than originally hoped…

The Future Imperfect isa one-day performance event curated by Sophie Bownes and Lucy Cowling. It is an event with one-on-one performance, each lasting approximately ten minutes, and running continuously between 2.00-6.00pm.  This is the second edition of an ongoing collaboration between Cubitt and the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. The collaboration allows students to conduct curatorial research within Cubitt Gallery and Studio’s rich archive, which narrates its twenty-six-year exhibition and event history.


To learn more about the Cubitt Archive Research Project, please visit our blog.





from the middle finger tip to the elbow bottom, Cubitt Archive Research Project 2016

from the middle finger tip to the elbow bottom is the culmination of the Cubitt Archive Research Project 2016, produced by Goldsmiths MFA Curating students Eline Kersten and Kirsty White, presented on 26 November 2016.

It presents a newly produced audio guide and map fictionally recreating Cubitt’s history through its physical and metaphorical landmarks. Commencing at Cubitt’s present location and home since 2000, Angel Mews, N1, visitors can take an individual journey to Cubitt’s three previous premises: Kings Cross Studios, Goods Way, NW1 (1991-1993); Cubitt Street, WC1X (1993-1994); and Caledonia Street, N1 (1994-1999), completing the tour at Angel Mews.

Join us on Saturday 26 November from 3pm to learn more about the project, browse through the Cubitt Archive and take a journey through Cubitt\’s history in north-central London, with self-guided audio tours across past Cubitt venues from 4pm.

Please download the audio files from:

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To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016, Cubitt launched a new partnership with the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College to provide an exciting research and curatorial opportunity for two postgraduate students interested to delve into the Cubitt Archive and relative London art scene of the past 25 years.  Formulated as a self-initiated, project-based initiative with mentoring by a Cubitt Artist member and the Gallery Projects and Development Manager, with a final presentation to the public.








 Cubitt is an artist-led organisation based in Angel, Islington. Since its founding in 1991, Cubitt has run as a co-operative led by its artists members, to comprise an internationally-recognised contemporary art gallery and Curatorial Fellowship; a locally-focused education programme, and 31 studios for professional artists. Over the years Cubitt has grown into a unique hub for the development in curatorial, artistic and educational practice in the visual arts, supported by a diverse community of practitioners while, in turn, supporting artists and curators.

Throughout its history, Cubitt has accumulated an important Archive as testament of its pioneering activities. Spanning from the early artist-organised exhibitions, to guest curators including now leading names in the international art scene (Penelope Curtis, former Director, Tate Britain; Matthew Higgs, Director/Chief Curator, White Columns, New York; Stefan Kalmar, Director, ICA, London and former Executive Director and Chief Curator, Artists’ Space, New York; Gregor Muir, former Executive Director, ICA, London, among many) to the founding of the Curatorial Bursary in 2001 that launched the career of many young curators, the Cubitt Archive includes documentation and exhibition material from over 20 years of activity as a leading artist-led institution and gallery.


Adam Chodzko cell-a 2006, 2002


This physical archive includes a huge range of documents, correspondence, publications, ephemera, images, videos and other material related to the history and activities of this artist-run organisation since its foundation to date.  With individual items dating from 1988 to 2011, it covers the early period of the organisation at Kings Cross Studios, Goods Way, NW1 (1991-1993); Cubitt Street, WC1X (1993-1994); Caledonia Street, N1 (1994-1999) and Angel Mews, N1 (2001- present).  The historical archive is now complemented by a digital archive of digital-born material (emails, digital documents, digital media, etc.), which in recent years represents an ever-growing proportion of new content.

The Cubitt Archive has been the focus of previous exhibitions and events, including cell-a 2006 by Adam Chodzko in 2002 (curated by Polly Staple) and the “Archive weekend”  Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Artist-Run Spaces So Different, So Appealing? organised by Bart van der Heide in 2007.


Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Artist-Run Spaces So Different, So Appealing? curated by Bart van der Heide, 2007


The archive weekend Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Artist-Run Spaces So Different, So Appealing? focused on the period of 1993 – 2007, presenting visual documentation of the Gallery programme and Cubitt’s various locations as well as invitations, press releases, posters and publications of past projects. It also includes audio recordings of talks and debates. A panel discussion on 13 October 2007 included past curators Matthew Higgs, Stefan Kalmar, Polly Staple, Emily Pethick, David Bussel and Tom Morton debating the past, present and future role of Cubitt in the changing climate of the London art scene.


Adam Chodzko cell-a 2006, 2002


Adam Chodzko\’s cell-a 2006 (2002) depicted the activities of a group of Kurdish asylum seekers in Margate, Kent, invited by the artist to become keepers of the archive of the last 10 years of exhibitions and events at Cubitt. The entire project was set in 2006 when the lease on Cubitt’s current building was due to expire and the future of the organisation was once again uncertain. The Kurdish asylum seekers tried to make sense of the archive, editing, interpreting and storing the material. They alone knew its exact location, acting as guides to anyone who wished to visit it.


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