Que(e)ry the Archive
Single channel video
Part reminiscence, part fantastical, Que(e)ry the Archive is made up of segments of archival film – bodies being instructed in baseball, volleyball, swimming and training in the US Marines. A voice over reads from the catalogue entries from the MacDonald Collection, Library of Congress, that the segments are drawn from, a script interspersed with reminiscences from the artist’s childhood in the west coast of the USA and the central Pacific.

Engaging with the physical collections, the aged and fading films, the archival encounters are mediated through performing ‘algorithmic’ returns, the ‘query’ rendered through Paige’s subjective and desireful searching.