Week 4 – This week’s task requires us to look for an existing archive concerning our topic, analyse it (as an archivist) and propose an intervention (as an architect). Through my research within established online archives, I find that there are insufficient to limited amount of information on urban subcultures and the histories of LGBTQ community to work on. Through this process, I discovered an organisation called Historic England and within it, a sub-category named Pride of Place is commited to bringing attention to the histories of the LGBTQ community. It bears information on the topic in terms of the places in which these encounters occur and couldn’t be more comprehensive as compared to the other sources. Furthermore, it is an initiative led by a team of historians and scholars at Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Culture & the Arts. Besides it’s aim to identify and document these LGBTQ-related locations and landscapes, the team also nominate these sites that are significant to the National Heritage List of England(NHLE). What is unique in this process is that Pride of Place uses crowdsourcing(via HistoryPin) as an initial identification of these sites and through further research, these sites are then validated within the history of LGBTQ community.
Initial sketch & analysis of the ‘archive’ of Pride of Place (as the archivist);
Intervention of the ‘archive’ of Pride of Place (as the architect);
As part of my continued research on subculture, I’ve made another boxed-diorama of a scene in Hacienda club, Manchester in the 90s. The club, designed by Ben Kelly had established a generation of dance music and rave culture from the early 80s till the end of 90s when it was shut down due to troubles with the authorities and licensing. Hacienda was described to have ‘perpetuated a brand of musical hedonism and adventure’ (About fac-51 The Hacienda, 2001) while it became a cultural condenser, attracting creatives from all fields.