LIFT Living Archive
LIFT Living Archive puts history at your fingertips.
File O by Xi Ju Che Jian Theatre (LIFT 95)
Having staged pioneering theatre events in London for over a quarter of a century, LIFT has amassed a wealth of material now housed in the Special Collections Library at Goldsmiths, University of London, and online at liftlivingarchive.com just waiting to be explored.
In 2008, LIFT invited educational and community groups to investigate the archive with us to help develop new understandings about the pleasures, possibilities and challenges of developing public participation and learning projects with archives generally and the LIFT archive specifically. We were keen to know what this participation would reveal about LIFT, about the archive and about creative engagement. The findings are articulated in Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey's report Making an Invitation, the result of a process of collaborative enquiry, dialogue and reflection between all of the participants. You can download the full report below.
Artist and Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment Tim Etchells writes about the LIFT Living Archive in this article for the Guardian: In Praise of LIFT.
Looking at the archive I remember seeing The Wooster Group back in 1986. As an audience member at that time I think I went into a show of theirs called LSD without much clue what was coming – no website to check out, no clips on YouTube. I'd hardly travelled for work, hardly seen anything much theatre-wise from outside the UK. Everything was word of mouth. And encountering the Woosters as part of LIFT didn't so much change everything as offer some kind of final confirmation that a different way of describing the world in theatre was possible and necessary, creating an invitation to think again about the possibilities of the stage and the world itself.