Women’s Audio Archive


The Women’s Audio Archive was established in 1985 when I moved from Warsaw to live and work in London. From an obsessive process of recording which marked the first engagement with cultural life in a new context and acted as a form navigational procedure performed for a personal use, I am for the first time considering the closed collection to be made publicly available. This will involve negotiations with various authors securing the new terms of use open to all. The project consists of taped conversations with women involved in different aspects of cultural production as well as recordings public lectures and conferences between 1983-1990 in England, USA and Canada.

The archive was made possible through the invitation of Maria Lind, the then Director of Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College for a 2009 Fall Semester artist’s residency, during which the digitised material was hosted at the CCS Library and Archives. The collection available here contains over 120 hours of recordings featuring amongst others Nan Goldin, Susan Hiller, Judy Chicago, Mary Kelly, Jo Spence, Nancy Spero, Yvonne Rainer, Alan Kaprow, Donald Judd.

Preview the recordings:

1. Artist Judy Chicago at the Blackie in Liverpool on Oct 11th 1981, followed by a fragment of private conversation with Maureen Paley at Beck Rd, London, the original location of her gallery held on May 21st 1988

2. Benjamin Buchloh Power as representation as power: Mere Artistic Strategies:

3. Allan Kaprow 1984 lecture at the Banff Centre, Canada