Help Preserve ARI Remix Community Archives Project

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DIY Creative Archiving for Artist-Run Initiatives Matters- Help Preserve the DIY ARI Remix Living Archives Collaboration into the future

Hi, I'm Paul Andrew, a long-term ARI enthusiast and queer artist researcher with some measure of expertise in starting, running and creatively archiving artist-run spaces and artist-run initiatives ( ARIs) in Australia and overseas.

As you probably know already if you are reading this now, independent DIY Artist-Run Initiatives (ARIs) continue playing a significant role in the biodiversity of Australian arts and culture, help to keep a level playing field and provide safe, caring and inclusive places and spaces for artists working experimentally and often in collective, non-commercial and non-corporate ways.

Perhaps most importantly of all perhaps, ARIs and the many artists who care for them  daily are here to stay as significant social enterprises.  ARIs provide many things including well being for artists, they are places for igniting new work, new collaborations, new narratives, social networks and friendships, enduring characteristics that are a boon for artists, past, present and emerging.

I believe DIY ARI community archives;  and collectively and creatively recording these largely ephemeral  and often neglected, decaying, lost, un-preserved or under-preserved social enterprises into perpetuity are crucial. 

Today we need a wee bit of financial help with meeting basic but expensive IT digital infrastructure funds to keep going over the next two years and to enable an expanded archives method (November 1 2019- December 3 2021) as well as meet the monthly costs needed for what is now a "resource rich" web based archive. I am deeply touched by the generous contributions by over 300 Australian artists since March 2011 who have been kindly participating and contributing  to this community archive collaboration so far.

In brief, with ongoing domain name, web optimisation with "TrueCloud" web hosting, WordPress and related third party website and plug-in fees, phone and internet access costs, fieldwork and investigating medium to longer-term preservation of the website at $2,200 per year now, I am looking forward to a small measure of community assistance to help directly offset and  sustain these monthly web preservation expenses during the third and final stage of the ARI Remix Living Archives & Social Memory Project:

Short-term Philanthropic Goal - $2,200 by November 30 2019 - THANK YOU EVERYONE SO FAR WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL !!!!!

Medium-term Philanthropic Goal - $7, 500 by June 2021

Medium-to-Long term Philanthropic Goal - $15, 000 by January 2021

If you too can kindly help with a humble contribution ( $10, $20 or $30 donations for example ) towards offsetting these monthly web and basic digital infrastructure and IT costs we would be truly grateful. This added short term support will help us get through the challenging October 2019 to December 2020 D.I.Y period with necessary hosting, web updates and IT fixes.

Why do we need help?

We have been unable to secure added state based arts investment for the project in 2019 and are now planning and working hard to attract added arts investment by June 30 2020. In today's limited arts funding climate we need to take both economic and archives matters into our own hands. We have been advised by funding agencies that in order for us to attract arts investment for the third and final stage and to make it sustainable we need to attract significant philanthropic support.

Based on current artist researcher work undertaken in Stages One and Two (2011-2018) we will need to raise at least $15,000 in philanthropic support for added arts investment in the third and final stage of the ARI Remix Project by December 3, 2021, as the plan is to generate an expanded archive with 30 new artist participatory heritage contributions during this third and final stage of the project. 

I believe this is achievable with a combination of small donations. Thank you so much to all the generous donors so far. I am truly grateful. Community archives are always possible thanks to collective energy, care and shared enthusiasm.

The 'rewards' for helping are many.

From supporting the growing global community archives movement.

Helping directly and indirectly with the recovering, retrieving and preservation of archives for independent DIY artist groups, collectives and co-ops.

Helping inspire present day and emerging ARIs to seriously consider and activate varied creative archiving solutions for their archives now rather than retrospectively.

Helping generate and share alternative histories of the Australian ARI ecology via the ARI Remix Living Archives creative archiving and remixing methods we use. 

Helping towards the longer-term web archiving of the project for inclusion in Australian memory institution collections. As an internet art work this project also has potential to be acquired as an editioned Web 2.0 artwork for art collections too. This medium to longer term potential is a key characteristic of Stage Three research.

Fortunately the community archives movement is becoming more popular. It is growing rapidly in today's Web 2.0 environment and I feel both privileged and truly grateful that we are collectively playing a small role in this expanding DIY DIT archival continuum.

Kind regards and thanking you,

Paul Andrew
Artist researcher, Project Coordinator,
ARI Remix Living Archives & Social Memory Project - Project One March 2011 - December 2021

For other ways of donating kindly email [email redacted].au

Read More:

Photo: (Header) Artist designer Angelina Martinez on opening night at her visceral 'Works on Paper 1988' exhibition with friends including artist archivist and designer Jane Richens, {Bureau] Artspace, City Plaza, Adelaide Street, February 1989: 

Photo (below): a 'remixed' artist ephemera work of concrete poetry from the 1987 'Local Colour' exhibition curated by artist Dale Chapman, That Space, rear 20 Charlotte Street, Brisbane): 

Why Australian ARI Archives & Records Matter

A fabulous testimony by past State Library of Queensland Librarian Cassie Doyle: 

Social Media:

Australian ARI Living Archives - Queensland Artist-Run Heritage 1970 to NOW 

ARI Remix Project - Living Archives, Artist-Runs Past Present Future - 

ARI Remix is a Web 2.0 artform  and an artist-run initiative participatory heritage collaboration and the project's third and final creative archiving iteration; ARI REMIX 1970 to NOW - Project One Stage Three is proposed for 30 new artist collaborations and shared generativity proposed for October 28 2019 to December 28 2021.

Web 2.0 Artwork: 

A wee snapshot of this non profit community archive collaboration so far. 

In 2011, in part ARI Remix was prompted by a survey exhibition being planned for the University of Queensland Art Museum in April 2016 about the diversity of Brisbane ARIs in the 1980s ( ,  and in part, as an artist archivist to delve into unfinished business around archiving artist-run collaborations I have been party too since 1984.

Throughout 2011 and 2012 I began researching potential for an independent social justice  online documentary about ARI history, unpacking and mapping artist groups, artist collectives and co-ops in Brisbane, Regional Queensland and Australia to compliment, to expand the exhibition survey and to continue long after the exhibition closed in July 2016. 

After starting a social media page in November 2012 ( my artist researcher practice turned into a web-based  lo fi DIY community archive (created on the accessible and easily  discoverable WordPress platform). ARI Remix Community Archives is slowly growing each year now with a diversity of artist participation and  perhaps is helping in a small way now as momentum is growing  to recover multi-perspectives and varied voices of artists sharing their first hand accounts of the ARI experience in Australia since the 1970's. The focus so far has been largely on historic and defunct ARIs in Queensland. Due to demand the project is growing, and many new and emerging ARIs are participating too.  We  hope that Project Two planned for 2022 can continue with an even more expanded living archive reach on a nation-wide scale, with more ARIs past, present and future becoming involved.


Here is an interview with arts writer, curator and poet Peter Anderson in 1987 (Photo: The Shared Camera yours truly with artist Anna Zsoldos at 'A Monochrome Set" exhibition curated by artist Diena Georgetti, That Space, rear 20 Charlotte Street, Brisbane. 

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