The Input Party is a research project about how personal referential image archives become part of the process of artists and designers.
The Input Party uses these pictures to relate to the artist’s association and visual expression and by sharing these archives with each other we learn in what way these random pictures can be of value to others.

In 2015 the Input Party was initiated by visual artist Rachel Sellem and image researcher Elki Boerdam. They both felt the need to continue the conversation about their work and about art after the academie. To make these often vulnerable conversations more accessible, they invited varying groups of creators to their own studio. Each participant was asked to physically bring 15 referential images from their own archives, which were placed on the table and functioned as guides of the conversation.

Since then, the Input Party has organized several of these gatherings and has realized a work period in 2017, in which seven artists developed new work through the Input Party method. This resulted in the exhibition A Visual Conversation, presented in exhibition space NEVERNEVERLAND in Amsterdam.


Currently the Input Party is planning an exciting new programme as part of our research in which we will use our methods to investigate the image archive and will collaborate with different experts and institutions.

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