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Friends with Books
Art Book Fair Berlin
11–13 December 2015
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Open gallery #10
12 December, 2pm-8pm
P R E S E N T A T I O N
The Forest and The School.
Where to Sit at the Dinner
Table? at CAM, Lisbon
18 December 2015, 5.30 pm
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S T U D E N T S C A R D S
Display and its social dimensions are leitmotifs in the art
practice of Martin Beck. His show ‘Last Night’ at Kunsthaus
Glarus reflected on the relations between exhibiting and
community by bringing together two bodies of works: one
drawing on modern exhibition history, the other building on
the history of countercultural communes in the ‘60s and ’70s.
Martin Beck. Summer Winter East West
Presentation and Book launch
Visionary Archive Festival at Arsenal Cinema,
Archive Kabinett and Scriptings
‘Visionary Archive’ is a combination of locally motivated
research projects based on individual initiatives that examine
highly disparate, largely unexplored collections of films in
Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo and Khartoum. The bulk
of the material stems from the second half of the 20th century
and carries the marks of contemporary history.
trail: Book launch with Natascha Sadr Haghighian,
Ashkan Sepahvand and Pola Sieverding
An introductory conversation about listening to rubble,
followed by a visual introduction into the main pathways
through the book. The talk was accompanied by a display of
visual material, sketches, notes and photographs from the
process of how trail took shape. As part of dOCUMENTA (13)
Sadr Haghighian laid out a trail at the Auehang in Kassel.
Lieux de Mémoire and Desire presents five cinematic works
of Maya Schweizer and examines how the artist approaches
the relation of montage editing techniques with the concept
of film and memorial, and film as memorial – a relation
which traces back to both the very beginnings of montage and
incorporates the research of French historian Pierre Nora.
Lieux de Mémoire and Desire
Unfinished State starts from a novel with holes bored through
its plot. Narratives of city-branding and surges of global
capital have caused waves of real estate development in
Berlin and Beirut, two cities that were spatially divided by
conflict and have been under reconstruction for decades.
Berrigan’s artist’s book strays from these narratives into a
shadow landscape of unfinished and vacant structures.
Da Capo: Fifteen Films
Da Capo constitutes the first comprehensive overview of the
filmic production of Deimantas Narkevičius. The book
features essays by 16 authors on 15 films made by Narkevičius
from 1997 through to today and the integral version of the
films’ dialogue list which account for an articulation specific
to Narkevičius’ film montage.
Cinenova is a femnist film distributor based in London since
1991 with its origins in two feminist film organisations active
since the late 1970s, Circles and Cinema of Women. Through
the process of a five-part ‘chainletter’, Archive and, AI are
invited to get to know the collection better, and vice versa.
Introductions from the Cinenova Working Group (Karolin
Meunier, Irene Revell and Sandra Schäfer).
Cinenova Chain Letter
Mathilde ter Heijne
On the occasion of the launch of the book, Archive Kabinett
hosted a conversation between Mathilde ter Heijne, Amy
Patton, Michael Birchall, Janne Schäfer, Santiago da Silva,
Vanessa Gravenor, and Sophia Trollman. Performing Change
Mathilde ter Heijne is published by Sternberg Press
eser is a comprehensive publication on Judith Raum’s works,
installations and lecture performance texts from 2011 to 2014.
It is also a theoretical reader and material collection on the
semi-colonial advance of German entrepreneurs and bankers
into the Ottoman Empire before World War I in connection
with the construction of the Anatolian Railway.
Rab-Rab is a journal dealing with political and formal
inquiries in art, published in Helsinki by Rab-Rab Press
under the direction of Sezgin Boynik and Gregoire Rousseau.
The common denominator of the texts published in the first
issue (October 2014) is language. In the second issue of Rab–
Rab the editors deal with the issue of noise.
Make Yourself Available
RAB–RAB Journal for Political
and Formal Inquiries in Art
Launch of the monograph Make Yourself Available (The
Green Box, Berlin) published in connection with two recent
solo shows by Annette Weisser: the exhibition by the same
title at Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2013, and the show “He
had a killer body and he was an awesome dad but she was like
I can’t do this” at Kunstverein Langenhagen, summer 2015.
Look for us in the Inkwells we will Always be There
Book launch: Between States
by Simon Faulkner and David Reeb
Book launch: Anguish Language
Writing and Crisis
Upcoming at Archive Kabinett
Mobile Cinema – Two steps back
For the second time at Archive, Romana Schmalisch’s Mobile
Cinema returns in the frame of the exhibition Mobile Cinema
– Two steps back. This presentation apparatus – somewhere
between urban model, cinema, and plate camera – derives its
form from Alexander Medvedkin’s film The New Moscow
(1938), in which an engineer uses it to present his designs
and visions for Moscow on his journey into the Soviet capital.
The real space is replaced by a city of models representing a
new reality by cinematographic means.
For Archive Kabinett, the artist has compiled a programme of
excerpts from her films created on and for her travels with
the Mobile Cinema across central and eastern Europe, which
examine the planned and real changes of urban spaces and
utopian experiments by means of films and models, marking
the distance between historicity and actuality.
The same evening, Archive will host a screening organized by
Arton Foundation. The films selected are part of Repository, a
digital archive, which presents archival materials of
famous Polish artists active in the 60’s and 70’s.
Look for us in the Inkwells we will Always be There is an
exhibition developed for Atelier Impopulaire’s RULE C series
at Archive Kabinett, which includes work made by and around
four separate but inter-connected collective projects: A.P.E.
Art Projects Era, Feminist Land Art Retreat, Rhein Verlag,
and Studio for Propositional Cinema.
Between States is the result of a dialogue between the Tel
Aviv-based artist and video-activist David Reeb and the
Manchester-based writer and academic Simon Faulkner.
The book addresses relationships between aesthetics and
politics, focusing on the complex geography of Israel/
Palestine, where borders and the nature of political
statehood remain unresolved.
Anguish Language approaches language as a core aspect of
the present social crisis. The project engages in solidarity
with forms of self-publishing, poetry, criticism, experimental
writing and declamation that have arisen in the wake of the
2007-8 financial crisis, considering language among and
through the social struggles responding to its consequences.