The Hair Archive is a site-specific intervention, created for and exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. My work existed of a sound installation, an archive of hair, Polaroid picture and a performance in and around the cloakroom and entrance hall of the museum. During opening hours I started collecting hair of the visitors of the museum. These hairs were mainly taken of the jackets in the cloakroom. Meanwhile an audio work was played in English and Dutch warning the visitors with the following information: “Ladies and gentlemen, leaving your hair in the wardrobe is at your own risk.”
The moment I found a hair on once personal belongings, I took a Polaroid picture of the hair on the object, mainly jackets. With rubber gloves I carefully collected the hair with tweezers into a plastic bag and stored the hair into my growing hair archive, which I stored together with the date and time at that specific moment. This information was also written on the white bar below the Polaroid pictures. The Polaroid pictures were stored in the photo archive, next to the hair archive. With gloves the public could interact with the installation by take a look through the pictures and put them next to the hair with the similar date for a temporary moment to assemble.
The Hair Archive consists of a sound installation, installation archive, photography and performance in the cloakroom and the entrance hall of the Van Abbemuseum.