For this lecture series, four panels of speakers have been invited to open up discussions on the significance and applications of “archives” in contemporary art production: I. How and why do artists utilize archives; II. Archives and thought patterns; III. Archives and Freedom of Speech; IV. Fieldwork, documentation, and archive.Through these themes and cross-sections of archives and its relevance in contemporary art explored in these four lectures, we hope to illustrate the complex relationship of archives with concepts, actions, and applications; as well as to raise follow-on questions worthy of attention and exploration in the “archive frenzy” of the current artistic environment.