Sol Archer

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Who Makes The City

peripatetic web-magazine platform run in collaboration with a changing roster of hosts. Consisting of commissioned talks from international thinkers and practitioners and in-situ conversations in various cities focussed on questions of the contemporary urban condition.

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Sol Archer (1983) is a Netherlands based artist working through collaborations with professional and non-professional groups, considering the encounter as a space of production. Frequently employing video as an apparatus for producing a doubling of experience, productive of work through collective act, and through the work productive of new collectivities, new ways of being together.

His work has been exhibited widely, including in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney, AU; Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland, NL; Le Crac19, Montbeliard, FR; Index Foundation, Stockholm, SE; TULCA, Galway, IR; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR; MuKHA, Antwerp, BE; and more.

Residency programs Sol has participated in include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR; IASPIS, Stockholm, SE; Vicinities, Belfast, UK; PHLOX, Huns, NL; AIR Anterp, BE; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL; and Digital Art Studios, Belfast, UK

Projects

they were sleeping, it was at night

In 1990 a meteorite fell through the roof of a house in a small town on the Dutch German border. In a short travelogue film the camera presents the roaming eye of the artist/investigator trying to establish where this happened by asking people about it in shops and on the street. 

Becoming increasingly lost and sent in many wrong directions, a sinister tone affects recognition of the town and the intentions of its people. At heart its a travelogue, wandering around a town investigating how a story spreads through a population, how an event becomes folklore and is outsourced into the internet, and how conversation can be a site for revealing social vectors.

sol archer 2019