This is a short video made using a piece of material discovered in the Tate Archive in 2010 when I was conducting an experimental archaeological ‘dig’ into the resources that this site had to offer. The piece of material is a three-page carbon copy of a handwritten letter from Marcel Broodthaers to Joseph Beuys from 1972, which was originally photocopied and freely distributed amongst various friends and colleagues of Broodthaers. However, the letters now belong in certain private and institutional collections and therefore fall into a complex web of copyright and ownership.
Through collage and fragmentation of the appropriated archival material this video questions the institutional 'policing' of art. It examines the apparent dichotomous relationship of the textual and the visual in an attempt to bring them both onto a democratic surface of undifferentiation. Through this form of aesthetic communism - where different procedures and materialities share their properties - varying orders of dependency are abolished and imposed hierarchies disappear. In this way, the archival material is put through another process of reification that interrupts the institutional aesthetic order. In this way, the action of the video is a form of political intervention.

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