Burn in Flames: Post-Patriarchal Archive in Circulation

with Jesse Jones
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Burn in Flames presentation at The Fools the Fools seminar by Ella de Burca, Portrane Co. Dublin, September 2016

How do we remember and transmit what has gone before, even the oppression, from the large, monumental recording of history to the ephemera of the everyday? How can this act of remembering exist in the future and serve to think us through the crises of the present?

This active archive does not deal with the objects of the past, it anticipates future, ideologically obsolete material. We select and process items from everyday experience, naming them as evidence of the current, late-capitalist oppression of women. Objects are identified, stamped, and placed back in circulation. The archive is an active critique. 

This project is presented through a workshop / demonstration format, which focuses on the development of a post-patriarchal archive. Workshop participants are welcome to bring materials to be stamped. (Artefacts stamped include products such as 'feminine hygiene spray' and printed materials such as legal documents and contemporary fashion magazines.) Increasingly there is a thematic focus to the lectures, such as the construction of "feminine hygiene" or the nature of patriarchal time.

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Burn in Flames: Post-Patriarchal Archive in Circulation as a scripted performance was presented at Crisis Aesthetics, Crisis Politics, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, March 2015 and the following (mostly in different versions): Still, We Work, NWCI touring exhibition at Callan Workshouse, Kilkenny, June 2015; Console-ing Passions, International conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, Dublin, June 2015; Still, We Work, NWCI touring exhibition at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, October 2015; Idle Women, Lancashire, October 2015; Bodies Politic, symposium of the Casement Project at Maynooth University, February 2016; Ulster Festival of Art and Design, March 2016; Women's Studies outreach programme, UCD / Loreto College Crumlin, May 2016; Hospitable Bodies, symposium of the Casement Project at the British Library, London, June 2016; FLak, Mixing Feminism, Legality and Knowledge seminar, Queen Mary University of London, July 2016; The Fools the Fools seminar by Ella de Burca, Resort Revelations, Fingal, September 2016; Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, Burn in Flames, Post-Patriarchal Archive in Circulation, Feminists@law, Vol. 6, issue 1, 2016; Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, ‘Refusal first, then reimagination: Presenting the Burn in Flames Post-Patriarchal Archive in Circulation’ in Reimagining the State: Theoretical Challenges and Transformative Possibilities, edited by Davina Cooper, Nikita Dhawan and Janet Newman, Routledge, 2019.