Publishing Practices
Unpacking Our Library

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Activation #2

October 20, 2021 (Event in German)

Ausgehend von den Praktiken der Community Bibliothek Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V. in Berlin-Wedding und der legendären Afro-deutschen Magazins Afro-Look (1987-1999) werden Michael Götting, Autor, Bibliothekar und Kurator, und Ricky Reiser, Aktivistin, Redakteurin und autodidaktische Künstlerin, mit Strategien des kollektiven Lesens und Bibliotheksaktivierungen experimentieren. Beim Aufschlagen der Seiten von Afro-Look, dem Archiv der Aktivistin Vera Heyer, u.a. Archivematerial, werden sie Verbindungen zwischen Ansätzen früherer Generationen, und den heutigen Stimmen, Positionen und Kontexten herstellen.

Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V. Bibliothek ist ein Ort für Recherche zu afrodiasporischer Literatur, Philosophie und Kultur und bietet mit dem Sankofa BRD/Sankofa DDR Archiv eine einmalige Sammlung von Primärquellen zu Schwarzer Deutscher Geschichte zur Wendezeit, wie zum Beispiel das Archiv von Vera Heyer, Ricky Reiser und Eleonore Wiedenroth-Coulibaly. Wichtiger Teil davon ist das Afrodeutsche Magazin Afro-Look (1987-1999), gegründet in West Berlin 1987, dessen Herausgeberin Ricky Reiser seit 1989 war. Afro-Look war ein politischer und publizistischer Raum für Afro-Deutsche und später auch für die afrikanische Diaspora. Afro-Look prangerte aktiv die rassistische Sprache in den deutschen Medien an und erinnerte an Autor*innen in Deutschland, wie Audre Lorde, Fasia Jansen und May Ayim. Die Leserinnen und Leser fanden auf den Seiten Gedichte und Geschichten, die oft unerzählte Narrative zum Ausdruck brachten, zum Beispiel über Afro-Deutsche Menschen in der Nazizeit. Afro-Look ging aus der 1987 in West-Berlin gegründeten “Initiative Schwarze Deutsche” (ISD) hervor, und wurde in verschiedenen Berliner Geschäften, Cafés, Bibliotheken usw. oder bei Veranstaltungen verkauft. Über den ISD-Verteiler erreichte das Magazin auch andere Städte in Deutschland und im Ausland. Einen kompletten Satz der Afro-Look finden Sie in der Each One Teach One (EOTO)-Bibliothek und eine Auswahl von Ausgaben wurde von Ricky Reiser Archive Inventory zur weiteren Verfügung im Rahmen dieses Programms übergeben.

 

Interne Vorbereitung um 17.00 – 18.30 Uhr: Prozess und informelle Gespräche mit Archive Team und den Gast Speakers stehen interessierten Publikum offen, wenn sie sich bei dieser E-Mail anmelden: amelie@archivebooks.org.
Der öffentliche Teil beginnt um 19.30 Uhr. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.
Die Veranstaltung findet in deutscher Sprache statt.
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Wir werden eine Person vor Ort haben, die bei Bedarf Erklärungen und Hilfestellungen geben kann.
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Bitte wenden Sie sich direkt an amelie@archivebooks.org, wenn Sie weitere Fragen zur Barrierefreiheit haben.
Für das Event wird ein negativer Antigentest, ein Impfnachweis oder ein Genesungsnachweis verlangt.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass während der Veranstaltung Fotos und Tonaufnahmen gemacht werden. Diese werden auf unserer Website und in sozialen Medien oder in Veröffentlichungen Dritter verwendet. Bitte setzen Sie sich mit uns in Verbindung, wenn Sie Bedenken haben oder wenn Sie von dieser Aktivität ausgenommen werden möchten.
Ricky Reiser ist Aktivistin, Redakteurin, autodidaktische Grafikerin und Malerin. 1989-1999 war sie Herausgebering von Afro-Look Magazine in Berlin, in der sie auch die “Schwarzen Kalender” von 1995 bis 2005 veröffentlichte. 1998 erhielt sie den Black History Month Award für Publizistik.

Michael Götting ist Autor, Journalist, Bibliothekar und Kurator. Er leitet die Black Diaspora Library bei Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V. und hat der AFROLUTION Literatur- und Kulturfestivals von EOTO mitkuratiert (2018 und 2019). Sein Romandebüt Contrapunctus (2015) überträgt das musikalische Konzept des Kontrapunkts in die Literatur und stellt das Leben von vier Afro-Deutschen im Berlin der Millenniumswende dar. Er schreibt u.a. für Zeit Online, den Tagesspiegel, Neues Deutschland und Sinn und Form. Bei Ballhaus Naunynstraße war er Mitkurator der Black Perspectives Festivals Black Lux (2013) und We are Tomorrow(2014).

Unpacking our Library ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe zu gemeinschaftlich organisierten, hybriden Praktiken des Lesens, die sowohl digital als auch in der Bibliothek 𝘈𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘐𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 in Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Bibliotheken in Berlin stattfindet. Wie können wir eine Bibliothek kollektiv zu einem Teil unseres Lebens- und Wohnraums machen? Wie wird eine Bibliothek zu einem Medium, das die Lebenswege, Kämpfe und möglichen Allianzen von Leser*innen miteinander verbindet? Welche Strategien ermöglicht die kollektive Lektüre, um Momente des Austauschs, der Solidarität und des Praktizierens von Bürger*innenschaft zu unterstützen? Das Programm widmet sich Formaten gemeinschaftlicher Leser*innenschaft – in Form von Workshops, Lesegruppen und -clubs, sowie Gemeindebibliotheken – genauso wie dem dazugehörigen Personen, also Kulturschaffenden, Bibliothekar*innen, Aktivist*innen und Künstler*innen. In jeder Sitzung werden Strategien des Archivierens und Rezeptionsmuster zur Sprache gebracht, z.B. in digitalen Sammlungen, bei der Wiederveröffentlichen von historischen Werken bis hin zu Übersetzungen und verschiedenen Forschungsansätzen. Indem das Aktivieren von Bibliotheken als ein sozialer Akt zelebriert wird, entpackt Unpacking our Library langsam kollektiv Archives Bibliothek in seinem neuen Zuhause in Berlin.

Jedes dieser Treffen unterstützt und nährt ein Netzwerk von Kompliz*innen, mit denen eine langfristige Zusammenarbeit möglich ist. So wird ein Format geschaffen, in dem Kooperationen über den Rahmen dieses Projekts hinaus willkommen sind. Das Wort “Kompliz*in” selbst stammt vom lateinischen 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 ab, was als “falten, zusammenweben” zu übersetzen ist und auch die Bedeutung von 𝘬𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘯 in sich birgt. Durch das Zusammenführen von Kompliz*innen will das Programm den einen virtuellen Treffpunkt für das Thema Publizieren schaffen, das komplexe und vielfältige Perspektiven, eine Forschungsplattform und ein sich gegenseitig unterstützendes Netzwerk verbindet, um gemeinsam Vorschläge für das Archivieren und Reszipieren zu erproben.
Unpacking our Library ist eine Auskopplung von Publishing Practices, einem Jahresprogramm, das sich einer erweiterten Idee des Publizierens verschrieben hat und einen kollektiven Publikationsraum für Aktionen, Reflexionen, Studien, Interventionen und multisensorische Begegnungen schaffen will. Publishing Practices wird kuratiert von Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara, Beya Othmani und Onur Cimen.
Publishing Practices wird mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Hauptstadtkulturfonds finanziert.

Publishing Practices
Unpacking Our Library

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Activation #1

September 24, 2021

Taking as a starting point the pages of the feminist newspaper Kadinlarin Sesi (Women’s Voice), Pınar Öğrenci, artist and filmmaker, and Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, curator, writer, and educator, explore strategies of collective reading and library activations. While reading the archival material, they make connec- tions between the experiences of former generations of women and today’s artistic and cultural practices. Kadinlarin Sesi was a feminist journal featuring women’s voices and their struggles reaching up to 60 issues and a circulation of 30.000 copies. After being published in Turkey between 1975 and 1980, it was shut down by the mili- tary just before the coup d’état in 1980, together with the organization that was publishing it, İlerici Kadınlar Derneği (Progressive Women’s Association).

Kadınların Sesi was the first women’s newspaper that specifically dealt with the intersections of women’s issues and socialist struggles paving the way for the many periodicals that were going to flourish at the end of 1980s while the political tides in the country became invaded by neoliberal policies with the support of the military. Throughout the pages of the journal, headlines reflected the editors’ political agenda, grounded in socialist internationalism, their struggle towards emancipation, equality, and peace, and their ties to situated network of female solidarity, such as Housewives want to work; Fascism and the Chilean women; or Our rural women: labourer in the field, slave at home.

Many issues highlight the international trajectory of feminism and women’s struggle in Turkey, and the attention towards solidarity with women from all over the world, as it was clear that the struggle would only realize its goal through transnational approaches.A selection of issues of Kadinlarin Sesi / Women’s voice can be found in the Archive Inventory library and its complete digitisation can be found in the Social History Research Foundation of Turkey – TÜSTAV.

Unpacking our Library consists of a series of hybrid collective reading practices both digital and physical inhabiting the Archive Inventory library, in collaboration with accomplice libraries in Berlin. How do we inhabit a library collectively? How does a library become a medium for connecting readers’ trajectories, struggles and potential alliances? What are the strategies that collective readings set-up to create moments of exchange, solidarity and citizenship? The program engages with communal formats of readership – from workshops, reading groups, community libraries to reading clubs –, as well as with cultural practitioners, librarians, activists and artists. Each session put into play shared structures of archiving and reading, from digital collections, re-publications to translations and on-going investigations. By socializing collective models of library activations, the program collectively unpacks Archive’s library at its new home in Berlin.
Each encounter fosters and nurtures a net of accomplices with whom to engage with in the long-term, weaving a format in which collaborations beyond the scope of this project are welcomed. The very word ‘accomplice’ stems from the Latin 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 which means to “fold, weave together” and bears the meaning of complexifying. By folding a network of accomplices, the program aims to create a kind of virtual publishing space, bringing together complex and multiple perspectives, a platform for research and a convivial web to collectively activate proposals of readership and archiving.
Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is an independent curator and writer, currently guest professor and program co-leader in the Graduate School, UdK Berlin and visiting professor in the HBK Braunschweig. She acts between exhibition making and public programming, singular languages and collective energies, worldly immersions and political cosmologies. Övül was recently co-curator of AUTOSTRADA BIENNALE in Prizren, Kosovo, 12th Survival Kit Festival in Riga, Latvia and “Die Balkone: Life, Art, Pandemic and Proximity” in Berlin (2020-21) with Joanna Warsza. In the past, she was curator at Steirischer Herbst; co-curated different sections of 10th, 13th and 14th Istanbul Biennials; and organised Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13), among others. She is engaged with CA2M Madrid, Kunsthalle Wien and Martin Gropius Bau for her future projects.

Pinar Öğrenci is an artist and filmmaker. She is the founder of the art initiative MARSistanbul and currently lectures at the Master Studies Raumstrategien at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. Her works are decolonial and feminist readings from the intersections of social, political and anthropological research, everyday practices, and human stories that follow agents of migration such as war, state violence, collective movements, as well as industrial and urban development projects. Her first documentary film “Gurbet is a home now” won Special Jury Prize of Documentarist Film Festival in Istanbul 2021. Her works have been exhibited widely at art institutions, most recently at Times Art Center Berlin (2021), Kunstraum Bethanien Kreuzberg (2020), 3rd Art Encounters Biennial (2019), Survival Kit, Riga (2019), 12th Gwangju Biennial (2018) and Athens Biennial (2018), among others.

Unpacking the Library is a strain of Publishing Practices, a yearly program committed to an expanded idea of publishing, which intends to open a collective publishing space for action, reflection, study, intervention and multisensorial encounter. Publishing Practices is curated by Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara and Beya Othmani.

Publishing Practices is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF).

Vulnerable Archives

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On silenced archives
and dissenting views

Invocations
September 17–18, 2021

Archives – the fragile, vulnerable ones we are addressing here – are not silent per se. They do have a voice, but one that can be silenced. They do have a voice, but one whose potent airing might not be listened to. In this project – initiated by Savvy Contemporary – we collaborate with archives and organizations that engage in strategies of alternative history writing, dissent, self-organization, and participation via practical solidarity. The project Vulnerable Archives understands vulnerability as a method, with the potential of continuous recreative sources of knowledge.

Since 2020, the work of Vulnerable Archives has been taking place in Germany with research partners and communities in Turkey, Italy, and France. The aims of the project is to build dialogues among the communities that have been silenced and denied from archival practices in order to make visible the overlooked efforts and unconventional ways of storing collective memories.

In the frame of the Invocations taking place on September 17th and 18th – whose aim is to enhance archival networks and infrastructures through workshops, readings, discussions, performances, screenings and more – Archive Berlin will introduce a body of materials tracing feminists publishing practices in Turkey and its diaspora as part of Archive Inventory and a performance by Muna Mussie staging the archaeology of one’s body, a corporeal archive, repository of historical practices, fragments, and traces.

 

Electric Brine – Virtual Book Release

12.06.2021, 7pm UTC+2

Archive Books invites you to gather and delve into the poetry and critical essays of six women working with emergent debates surfacing in the environmental humanities around fluids.
The online conversation brings together three of the book’s contributing authors: theorist, critic, and translator Sophie Lewis, essayist Esther Leslie, and poet Lisa Robertson. On this occasion they will dive into the nuanced expositions of substance and form, and the manifold literary and scientific “fabulations” around material transfer and flow in relationship to their writing and current research. Editor Jennifer Teets will moderate the evening and hold a conversation with co-editor Elise Hunchuck on the publication’s “metabolic digestion of text” per its design and layout, as well as a detailed account of The World in Which We Occur live event series and its associated online study group Matter in Flux. Matter in Flux members will join the Q&A in a lively unraveling of the state of material politics today in discussion with the authors. Texts presented from the volume include: Amniotechnics by Sophie Lewis, Fog, Froth and Foam: Insubstantial Matter in Substantive Atmospheres by Esther Leslie and On Form (for Jane Ellison) by Lisa Robertson.

Flowing, seeping, leaking, cascading, shaping. Electric Brine is a volume of poetry and critical essays by women voices from diverse fields such as literature, geography, media studies, history of life sciences, sociology, and poetics of science and fiction, each of them central to the independent curatorial research entity The World in Which We Occur (TWWWO, 2014-ongoing) and its associated online study group Matter in Flux. Conceived as an anthology and a register, it serves as a testimony to the initiative’s long-standing work of creative adaptation and ecological inquiry through a quest to situate a vision of material politics through the lens of six punctuated pieces on flow and fluids. The literary and scientific fabulations found in these pages speak of the conjunction of lived embodiment, the materialized quality of language, and the ability to trigger political imagination through reading, writing and witnessing. Each of these strands polyperform under TWWWO, for they can be traced, retroactively, to the themes present in the live event series, to Matter in Flux’s private study sessions, to the initiative’s collective writing work presented in public venues and publications. Also included in this volume is an appendix documenting the years of invitation and study, intricately linked to the ideological praxis of these overlaps.

Read more about the book here.

Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include various studies and translations of Walter Benjamin, as well as Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant Garde (Verso, 2002); Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry (Reaktion, 2005); Derelicts: Thought Worms from the Wreckage (Unkant, 2014), Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Fluid Form (Reaktion, 2016) and Deeper in the Pyramid (with Melanie Jackson, Banner Repeater, 2018). Current research includes a text on the history and present of the device, a study of turbidity and media, a biography of the composer and radio experimenter Ernst Schoen, research for an exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on the chemical industries of the North East of England and the poetic and political significance of butter in Ireland for the Limerick Biennale.

 

Sophie Lewis is a communist living in Philadelphia, a member of the Out of the Woods collective, and an essayist on questions of social reproduction theory, queer critique and heterosexual culture. She is the author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso Books, 2019), and a teacher at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Alice Paul Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Books she has helped translate from German to English include Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak, A Brief History of Feminism by Antje Schrupp, and The Future of Difference by Paula- Irene Villa and Sabine Hark. Her repro-utopian free-lancing can be accessed and supported at patreon.com/reproutopia.

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet, essayist and novelist who lives in France. She began publishing in the early 90s in Vancouver, where she participated in a diverse community of poets, visual artists, and academics, who chose to work collectively, organizing talks, workshops, exhibitions, publications and reading groups whose topics moved across the disciplines of contemporary art, literary studies, poetics, cultural studies, and political and social history. Her 12 books include The Weather (2001), a poetic text that critically engages the rhetoric of British meteorology from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries, and which has been translated to French and Swedish; Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (2003), a collection of essays considering the architectural and urban history of Vancouver in terms of a phenomenology of surfaces; Nilling: Prose Essays on Noise, Pornography, the Codex, Melancholy, Lucretius, Folds, Cities and Related Aporias (2012); and 2020’s The Baudelaire Fractal, a novel considering the urban history of Paris in relationship to nineteenth century French painting, and 1980s girlhood. Her current research involves Émile Benveniste and a linguistics of poetics, and wide rime, an ongoing study of the troubadour culture and poetry of the twelfth and thirteenth Occitan region.

Jennifer Teets (editor of Electric Brineis an American curator and writer based in Paris working at the intersection of science studies, literature, and performance. She is interested in the “backstory” of matter, its conditioning as both ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ vis-à-vis materials such as milk and cheese (post trauma goat milk production), terra sigillata (sealed medicinal earth), and mud. Within her work she addresses the roles of consumption and contamination as an embodiment of thought which then performs, spores, proliferates. She has curated numerous exhibitions and talks since the early 2000s with artists and thinkers worldwide and is the director/convener of The World in Which We Occur, a research-based entity that explores themes concerned with artistic inquiry, philosophy of science, and ecology and its associated study group Matter in Flux. Since 2014 she has collaborated with artist/philosopher Lorenzo Cirrincione on Elusive Earths, an ongoing in situ work, process, and inquiry that looks at the elusiveness of rare clays, soils, and earths with forgotten origins. She is editor of Electric Brine (2021) published by Archive Books, Berlin.

Elise Misao Hunchuck (co-editor of Electric Brineis a Canadian transdisciplinary landscape researcher, editor, and writer based in Berlin. Elise is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and a senior researcher and lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. She is co-editor of Electric Brine (2021) published by Archive Books, Berlin and an editorial board member for the journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy. Elise is the editorial curator for transmediale 2021–22.

Matter in Flux (MiF) is an educational and knowledge building axis attached to the curatorial research-based entity The World in Which We Occur (TWWWO). MiF is committed to critical analysis, sociological inquiry, debate, and collective writing. Most of our work is done behind the internet’s curtains: many of us are artists, curators, theorists, and health practitioners working at the intersection of various disciplines. Our interrogative line considers politically enmeshed scientific affairs in ecological politics and policy, economies of transition, history of science, material studies, and gender studies in science. When reading and in session, we focus on metabolic transactions, plasmatic fictions, and various degrees of para-scientific approaches.

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Changes in Direction
– a Journal
Digital book launch

10.04.2021

Changes in Direction – a Journal provides multivocal and transnational African-European statements to current decoloniality debates from different perspectives. The Finnish-German artist Laura Horelli engages with the traumatic and complex histories of colonialism and international solidarity between East Germany, Finland and Namibia, staging micro-historical interventions in public spaces. Her films transform the archive into a space – and publication – of reflective engagement. The artist’s compilation of research, interviews and discussions in this bilingual German-English volume are enriched by contributions by the Namibian performance artist Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, the German curator-theorist Doreen Mende and the Finnish writer Olli Löytty. Initially an exhibition project and film screenings shown in Berlin, Freiburg i. Br., Malmö, Helsinki and Windhoek, Horelli and the curator Heidi Brunnschweiler put together a volume that celebrates and critically reflects on art as a process.

Following the screening of Laura Horelli’s works Namibia Today, Interviews, and Newstime which offered an insight into Horelli’s practice an online gathering was held to discuss the publication. At the online gathering curator Heidi Brunnschweiler introduced the project, while Laura Horelli spoke about the structure of the publication and referred to the works featured. Nashilongweshipwe Mushaanja discussed his text “’Making Love’: Solidarity in Decolonial Times” and Doreen Mende talked about her contribution “The Image-Complex of Modernity’s Grandchildren”.

Documentation of the event will soon be available on this page.

HEIDI BRUNNSCHWEILER is a Swiss curator, art scholar and art critic. She has conducted scholarly and curatorial activities in Switzerland and the UK. Since 2014 she has been the Head of Visual Arts and a curator of Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, E-WERK, Freiburg i. Br. She has curated numerous exhibitions, among others by Jorinde Voigt, Jananne Al-Ani, Theo Eshetu, Natasha A. Kelly, Sven Johne, Laura Horelli and Jaki Irvine. In her dissertation, she examined the significance of the photographic in the work of Christian Boltanski. As an editor she published among others Futures of the Past, Annette Amberg, Asier Mendizábal, Yelena Popova in Dialogue (2013) and Perpetually Transient, Anahita Razmi, Basim Magdy, Florian Graf, Bernd Behr (2015).

LAURA HORELLI is a visual artist and filmmaker interested in representations and mediations of the past taking a micro-historical approach. Her work has been shown at numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally. Her films and video installations include Newstime (2019); Namibia Today (2018); Jokinen (2016); A Letter to Mother (2013); The Terrace (2011); Haukka-pala (2009); You Go Where You’re Sent (2003); Helsinki Shipyard / Port San Juan (2003). Her previous publications are Laura Horelli: interviews, Diaries,Reports (2006) and Laura Horelli: n.b.k. Ausstellungen Band 12 (2012). Horelli was born in Helsinki, grew up partly in Nairobi and London and lives in Berlin since 2001.

DOREEN MENDE, a curator, researcher, and theorist, is currently professor of Curatorial/Politics and director of the CCC Research Master and PhD Forum at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). In 2015, she founded the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin with Tom Holert and Volker Pantenburg. Her projects include Hamhŭngs Zwei Waisen (Für Konrad Püschel) (2018–2019) in the context of bauhaus imaginista in Moscow, Berlin, Bern and Istanbul; Navigation Beyond Vision (2019– 2020) with the Harun Farocki Institute and e-flux Journal at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; The Undutiful Daughter’s Concept of Archival Metabolism (2018) for e-flux Journal. Her work has also been published, among others, by Sternberg Press and in the Oxford Handbook for Communist Visual Cultures (2020). Mende is the initiator of the research project Decolonizing Socialism, Entangled Internationalism, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2019–2023). She lives in Berlin and works in Geneva.

NASHILONGWESHIPWE MUSHAANDJA is a performer, educator and writer with practice and research interests embodied in spatial archives and in movement formation. Mushaandja is also a PhD artist at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town studying Queer Praxis in Oudano Archives. His recent performance Dance of the Rubber Tree is a cross-disciplinary critical queer intervention in museums, theatre and archives in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Cameroon and Namibia. He is also involved in curative projects on public learning and culture, such as the John Muafangejo Season (2016– 2017); Operation Odalate Naiteke (2018–2020) and Owela Festival (2019).

Jane Jin Kaisen
Community of Parting

Book release and online conversation
23.02.2021

On the occasion of the release of the book Community of Parting, Archive hosted an online conversation conceived to unfold different trajectories emerging from the book. This conversation brought together Jane Jin Kaisen, curator Heidi Ballet, who contributed to the book, as well as curator Anne Kølbæk Iversen, co-editor of the publication.

A selection of films by Jane Jin Kaisen were made available in our screening-room until January 23rd. The films included: Community of Parting, Strange Meetings, and The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger authored with Guston Sondin-Kung.

About the book

Community of Parting is an extension and continuation of the artistic practice of Jane Jin Kaisen. Bringing past and present, the eternal and the temporal into play through layered, performative, and multi-voiced feminist works, Kaisen explores topics such as memory, war, migration, and borders in a field where individual experiences and collective stories intersect. Her works negotiate and mediate the means of representation, resistance, and reconciliation, thus forming alternative genealogies and sites of collective emergence.
The book is composed of several interwoven voices: oral testimonies with poetics by Kim Hyesoon, poetry by Mara Lee, and shamanic ritual chants by Koh Sunahn, accompanied by essay contributions by Heidi Ballet, Anselm Franke, Pujita Guha and Abhijan Toto for the Forest Curriculum, Anne Kølbæk Iversen, Jane Jin Kaisen, Hyunjin Kim, Soyi Kim, Yongwoo Lee, and conversations with Mary Kelly and Kim Seongnae.

Read more about the publication on Archive Books

 

Jane Jin Kaisen works with video installation, photography, performance, film, and text. Her practice is informed by extensive interdisciplinary research and engagement with diverse communities. She represented Korea at the 58th Venice Biennale and has shown her works at venues such as Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Arko Art Center, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Times Art Center Berlin, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Kunsthal Aarhus, the Liverpool Biennial, and the Jeju Biennale.

 

Anne Kølbæk Iversen, PhD, is a researcher, curator, and writer based in Copenhagen. She obtained her PhD in 2019 from Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University as part of the research project The Contemporary Condition. 2019-20 she was affiliated with ARKEN Museum of Modern Art conducting the research project From a Grain of Dust to the Cosmos, studying works from ARKEN’s collection informed by discussions around the Anthropocene and notions of cosmos. Publications include “Visualising the Invisible, Imagining til (Im)possible,” in ARKEN Bulletin, vol. 8 (2020); “A Parting Ways While Being With. Critical Investigations and Acts of Assembling in Jane Jin Kaisen’s Practice,” in Jane Jin Kaisen. Community of Parting (2020) “Bodies and Rhythms,” with Sevie Tsampalla, in The Contemporary Research Intensive (2018).

Heidi Ballet is a curator based in Berlin with a research interest in the geopolitics of oceans and the psychology of climate chaos. She is currently preparing the 2021 Beaufort Triennial, a public art triennial along the Belgian coast. Exhibitions that she recently curated include the 2019 Tallinn Photomonth Biennial, the 2017 Lofoten Biennial (LIAF) and the exhibition series Our Ocean, Your Horizon at Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux (2016). Between 2012 and 2015, Ballet worked as a research curator on After Year Zero, an exhibition project shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2013) and the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015).

Ongoing Projects in Berlin

Publishing Practices

From 2021 onward, Archive, in dialogue with other publishers, will set up a learning site for radical publishing. Based on the premise that the written word in its “published” form continues to exist within hegemonic systems of knowledge, we believe that publishing needs to be critically scrutinized with regard to its function to render visible, mediate, amplify, and disseminate — addressing such critique through the prism feminist and decolonial theories and practices. Archive is conducting a series of preparatory sessions in 2020 which bring together practitioners from different regions. These groups will contribute to a transdisciplinary and transnational exchange, posing the question of how and for which purpose national and disciplinary modes of interaction can be overcome through publishing. The acts of translation necessary for these debates will be integral subject matter of Publishing Practices.

Part of a series of preparatory sessions for the ongoing initiative Publishing Practices. Organized in concert with Atelier Picha, Lubumbashi.

A sessions in Accra in connection with CritLab organized by Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana. (tbc)

Part of the series of preparatory gatherings for Publishing Practices, this session connect with the project In search of archives and it’s organized in concert with Les Archives Bouanani, Rabat.

Last gathering for Publishing Practices in 2020, this session activates the feminist library run by Radio AWU and Archive in Dakar.  

From the archive

Gaddafi in Rome

Gaddafi in Rome

14.07.2019

In June 2009 Muammar Gaddafi and Silvio Berlusconi met in Rome to celebrate the Italy-Libya Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation and discuss the Bilateral Agreements on migration and fuel trade. As the event sparked several protests, it caused a media frenzy in Italy that brought to the fore the controversial relations between the two countries. Attempting to turn an archive of live news updates produced during the meeting into a script, this performative lecture strives to dissect the memory of this event and the way it was reported.

In Search of Archives

In Search of Archives

23-26.01.2019

In Search of Archives inquires into contemporary notions and practices of the archive in postcolonial constellations. While the state of archives in former colonial settings is continuously marked by limited access, dispersed documents and repressed histories, contemporary art and research have been opening various ways of appropriating, (re)collecting and rendering visible the diverse traces and memories, creating new meanings of the past for the present and the future.

AntiColonial Records

AntiColonial Records

24–26.10.2018

A three-day programme including working groups, film screenings, presentations and discussions revolving around the question of social justice born out of the postcolonial situation. The encounter is set up to facilitate collaborative explorations of the potential of the creative work to disrupt ingrained ideas and representations through affecting the senses and imagination.

Discreet Violence

Discreet Violence

19.12.2017

Based on private and institutional archives, including the French Service cinématographique des armées, Discreet Violence: French Camps in Colonized Algeria features certain aspects of the massive forced resettlement of civilians during the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962), and disclosures the ways with which the French colonial regime attempted to divert the military purpose of the camps in the aftermath of a medial scandal of 1959.