We are pleased to invite you to join us for the launch of the AIDD online archive, the first result of our investigation of ‘alternative’ protest practices. The launch will give our guests a chance to access the archive, to converse with the collective behind this project, its contributors and supporters. The event will consist of two video installations and a performance.
Protest can be followed through in different ways, collectively, in a group, or individually. But a mass of people, which have come together to voice their disapproval, is usually the first thing that comes to mind. We asked ourselves: Can we think of a different kind of representation of protest? If we shift away from this general idea that is associated with protest, and focus on the statements and commitments that are executed at the intersection between the privacy of our own homes and the public sphere, is there any difference? Are these actions temporary? Are they conscious? Are their effect temporary? Do they have an end goal? Can the results of these individual actions be regarded as more sustainable than ‘regular’ mass protest? How can we grasp the shift between an individual act and a movement? With these questions, we ultimately try to investigate socio-political change and how we can detect it.
The AIDD archive is a resource comprising of a collection of documents, writings, videos, interviews, art works, and other entries related to socio-political practices and engagement or what we call everyday protest. The collected information and media reflect on different perspectives and characteristics of such perceived protest practices. It is an open source created to inform and inspire interested parties about different kinds of protest.
AIDD Collective is a research group formed in January 2014 in Goldsmiths College, University of London. It is dedicated to the collection and investigation of everyday protest practices and their visual representation.