Sur l'Herbe (homage to Domenico and Vincenzo Mancini), by Maria Thereza Alves made for the Garden Marathon, Serpentine Gallery London 2011; seeds from the Italian villages of Filignano and of Picinisco were included in this give-away postcard © Maria Thereza Alves and Serpentine

Students from Malmö Art Academy’s Critical & Pedagogical Studies with Maj Hasager and Laura Hatfield on research with Cultural Documents in Lagoni © Cultural Documents

Lena Bergendahl: research image no 3 for new works in the series 'San Vincenzo' 2015 © Lena Bergendahl

Cultural Documents enables people to explore change and the intangible aspects of our world and lives, such as migration, language and our relationships with place, territory and environment.

The events, texts, artworks, films, audio recordings and knowledge that make up the Cultural Documents programme tell stories of how the custom, labour, language, resources and locations of our lives constantly change over time.

By gathering information through research and production processes, Cultural Documents is creating an archive of knowledge and material which people can use to carry out their own explorations.

This archive is used by Cultural Documents as a resource from which contributors are commissioned to develop new texts and artworks which elaborate and help us understand transformation in our worlds.

Cultural Documents produces a wide range of events and resources which invite exchanges of ideas about what these facts and fictions mean to each of us, how social and environmental transformation occurs and how meaning is attributed.


It takes a long time to do this research and to develop and produce new projects, so please keep coming back here, or follow us on Facebook for announcements of events. And please keep in touch, giving us feedback and helping us to add to this archive.

Cultural Documents’ programme generates no surplus commercial income and is fully funded through sponsorship and grants from funders; all funds raised are used to realise the programme and Cultural Documents would like to thank its funders and sponsors (listed below) who enable Cultural Documents’ to achieve its aims.

Cultural Documents was created in 2006 by Deirdre MacKenna and is in the process of applying for CIC status.


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