sol archer


Bunho Harvest 2021

Harvesting rushes with weaving master Manuel Ferreira, and Iany Galo and Lucrezia Papillo of Macheia 

Code of Conduct workshop

On June 26 2021 I led a workshop with the Praksis Oslo Teen Advisory Board PTAB in Collaboration with Ina Hagen, to codify their responsibilities and relationships, and develop a Code of Conduct and a Living Glossary to define their working space. It will be live on the PTAB website after a period of review.

chamada aberta!

Textos Sobre KPOP, Fandom, Comunidade, e Cultura!

publication project


I am delighted that the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie will support the commissioning of new texts and the production of a publication with amateur KPOP dance groups in Brasil and Production Studio Sao Paolo

Who Makes The City

Launching soon: series of video and in person conversations about urbanism with web magazine format


Sol Archer (1983) is a Netherlands based artist working through collaboration with professional and non-professional groups, considering the encounter as a space of production. Frequently employing video as an apparatus for producing a doubling of experience; productive of ‘works’ through collective act, and through movement towards the work, productive of new collectivities and ways of being together.

This extends into a pedagogical practice on structures and systematising group environments focussed on self reflexive film-making practices and the legacy of collaborative film practice in relation to ethnofiction.  

Sol has exhibited widely, including in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney, AU; Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland, NL; Le Crac19, Montbeliard, FR; Index Foundation, Stockholm, SE; TULCA, Galway, IR; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR; MuKHA, Antwerp, BE; and more.

Residency programs Sol has participated in include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR; IASPIS, Stockholm, SE; Vicinities, Belfast, UK; PHLOX, Huns, NL; AIR Anterp, BE; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL; and Digital Art Studios, Belfast, UK


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Flicker like Flames

(sketches towards a speculative film)

“We recall Platos conjecture that the origin of play lies in the need of all young creatures, animal and human, to leap. Thus in Grimms German Dictionary the original meaning of the High German substantive leich is given as “a lively rhythmical movement”, its further significations lying wholly in the play-sphere; while the Anglo-Saxon lacan is […] ‘to swing, to wave about” like a ship on the waves, […] to flutter like birds, or ‘flicker’ like flames.”

Johan Huizinger – 1938

‘Flicker like Flames (sketches towards a speculative film)’  is a moving image work co- created with a class of 12-13 year old students in Rotterdam. 

Working together to play Fragments from films, and science fiction archetypes, imagining alternative realities, we turn an eye back onto a world estranged, to consider the classroom itself as a Utopian realm, a space boundaried from the social world, party to its own rules and arbitrary power relations. Starting with basic structural archetypes of science fiction and simple moments from popular movies, the group took control of the filming apparatus to imagine possible alternative worlds, acting out scenarios from the future imaginary as popular film represents it. Critiquing the present, Suvins ‘Zero World’, to play out subject formation at a transitional age between childhood and adult life.

By discussing science fiction film, playing through direction and camera work, and sharing creative ownership of the work, the group together determine how to take agency over their own representation, how to narrate around identity and difference, and how to step outside and see reality through fiction.

Using simple materials to build ad hoc sets out the space of the classroom as a heterotopic space in its own right, which prepares for an imagined future and plays through institutional and interpersonal power structures which enforce reality at the critical boundary between childhood, with play as its innate character of performed imaginations, and the adult world of performed roles and identity.