Unlike trees or their roots, the rhizome connects any point to any other point, and its traits are not necessarily linked to traits of the same nature; it brings into play very different regimes of signs, and even nonsign states. The rhizome […] has neither beginning nor end, but always a middle (milieu) from which it grows and which it overspills.
– Gille Deleuze & Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
The Society of Affective Archives is an entity dedicated to artistic collaboration, the production of affective archives and the preservation of peripheral knowledge. Inspired by the image of a rhizome, a form wherein multiple paths gather and divide in a continual process of transformation, the collective draws upon the principles of experimentation and creative encounters. Animated by the collection and safeguarding of that which lies on the cusp of disappearing or the margins of consciousness, the Society is a romantic conceptual exploration conceived by founding members Fiona Annis and Véronique La Perrière M. Since 2010, they continue to explore the territory of research and creation in the visual arts.
With collaboration at the heart of its mandate, The Society of Affective Archives seeks to foster encounters between different disciplines, cultures and epochs. With an approach that embraces diverse modes of research, the collective pursues the creation of artworks, or affective archives, that resonate with past, present and future generations. Thus, the “affective” archive is proposed as a prism for the imagination and a means of envisioning both the past and the future.
In assembling an ongoing collection of artefacts and artworks, the Society engages various forms of media including the artist book, film and documentary, installation, public art and performance. Recent recognitions include the acquisition of a sculptural installation by the Museum of Civilization of Québec, the inauguration of a major public artwork at the Tiohtià:ke Otsirà’kehne Park on the Mount Royal, and a new multimedia commission to integrate art with architecture at the library of the CHUM hospital in Montréal.