How do ideas, thoughts, presences and practices become canonised as art, or as historically important events or artefacts? How might we think about the process of historical research differently? Can we find models for different futures rather than seeking ‘authenticity’ in the past? What happens if we seek radical histories, extraordinary objects or experimental models of the past?
These are the questions that prompted the 21 researchers to visit Van Gogh House in Kennington, London, before the pandemic. After first visiting Van Gogh House and San Mei Gallery, the artists then explored a variety of archives across London before selecting items to which they could respond. The works they have created have been curated into a virtual exhibition collaged over an interactive map of the San Mei Gallery space as well as a digital publication, both available on the San Mei website.