Beneath an abandoned amusement park, an old archivist awaits his client in an underground library. Meticulously organized by his rigorous system files, artifacts and junk are effortlessly catagorized and stored. Death in a family, breakup of a long trusted relationship, a burnt-down apartment…episodes from the client’s life emerge from the boxes and containers on the shelves. Selected and indexed, the past (memory) is stored in a safe place by this professional whose impeccable service is confidential, but whose purpose remains unknown…until the arrival of the insurance Adjuster. Conflicts arise between them- the fate of the world is in peril.
ARCHIVIST is a staged performance work that includes puppet animation and mixed obsolete media and machines. It will be performed by one actor playing the two characters accompanied by a cellist playing live on the bed of electronic underscoring. A companion piece to Club Diamond, Archivist investigates identity – the systems we make to categorize and evaluate human experience and its inherent subjectivity when it comes to the value we attach to our objects and stories.