The Social Archivist

by HRM on August 24, 2011

Continuous line drawings by Brit Bachmann

Brit Bachmann, 22 year-old from British Columbia, moved to Paris in 2010 for an exchange at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. It was in Paris that she began visually documenting her quotidian experiences in accordion notebooks. Coffee grains get taped down in notebooks, receipts are kept, consumptions documented. In the spirit of her Situationist predecessors, she progressed to imposing protocols and limitations on her drawings. These protocols include “The documentation of my approximately 63 purchases (excluding perishables) between 21/09/10 and 09/12/10,” and “Twelve minutes in front of Venus de Milo at the Louvre, 19/01/11.”

Currently interested in motion, Brit records candid videos of daily scenes around Paris and uses the footage to explore people’s movements, using one continuous line that threads through the entire image. A social archivist, Brit’s drawings capture often intimate moments in time through her keen sense of observation.

Brit Bachmann - 90 Seconds

Brit Bachmann - Clipping nails

Brit Photo Small

More on Brit’s blog: bbyear.tumblr.com

Twitter: @britbachmann.

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