Saturday, July 25 at 7 pm

For Excellence in Poetry
Readings by Mirene Arsanios,
Alex Cuff, and Sam Wilder
Artwork by Setareh Shahbazi

Though Mirene Arsanios, Alex
Cuff, and Sam Wilder write
about different things – chronic
pain and learning English, race
in America and armpit hair,
Umayyad Poetry and the lyrical
– they’re all translators.

Alex Cuff lives in Brooklyn where she
teaches at a public high school and edits
No, Dear magazine. 
Mirene Arsanios is a writer based in
Beirut. She edits the bi-lingual magazine,
Makhzin, and is the co-founder of
98weeks project space. 
Sam Wilder translates and lives in Berlin.
Setareh Shahbazi was once the neighbor
of Mirene Arsanios and
Sam Wilder in Beirut. She is an artist
currently based in Berlin.
Alex Martinis Roe shows a sculpture in Archive Kabinett
front window and her film
A story from Circolo della Rosa,
both of which continue her work on feminist genealogies.
The film is narrated by the artist’s voice and is addressed to a
close colleague in the form of a letter, telling a story about
two women. The film weaves together fragments from her
recent oral history research with members of
Libreria delle
 and her experiences of their collective activities, as
well as her exploration of related spaces, archives and texts.

On the occasion of the show Alex Martinis Roe selected a
series of books from both her personal library and the Milan
Women’s Bookstore. The collection takes the form of an
open access reference library at Archive Kabinett inviting
users for individual or collective reading, serving as site for
sharing resources and ways of thinking. Excerpts from this
collection are also made available on
The show was organized by Fiona Geuss and it was made
possible with support by Graduiertenschule, Universität der
Künste Berlin.
Download pamphlet of the event.

A Story from Circolo della Rosa Alex Martinis Roe
Manifestos Show. Act I: Inessential Fathers
Book launch event for the publication trail
Conversation with Natascha Sadr Haghighian,
Ashkan Sepahvand and Pola Sieverding
July 4 at 7 pm

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) Natascha Sadr Haghighian laid out a
trail at the Auehang in Kassel. It was located next to a memorial to
the fallen German soldiers of the two World Wars and accompanied
by onomatopoeic sounds. In the process of laying out the trail,
Haghighian discovered that the entire slope consisted of rubble from
the Second World War. In the book she follows the ‘trail’ of this
debris together with Pola Sieverding and Jasper Kettner and ends up
with the Kassel-based armaments industry, with stories of migration
and forced labour, with military vehicles named after animals, and
with flowers that only grow in rubble.
Visionary Archive Festival at Arsenal Cinema,
Archive Kabinett and Scriptings
May 21–31

‘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 as well as personal, often specific
political motivations involved in its creation and its eventual
physical safeguarding. The research carried out by the artists,
archivists, curators and academics involved in the project has
engaged with the biography of the material, the gaps and
contradictions that exist within this historically, aesthetically, and
politically charged cinematic legacy. The festival was a
continuation of the work carried out by sharing and discussing
with audiences. As part of the festival at Arsenal Cinema
exhibitions take place at Archive Kabinett and Scriptings.
F R O M   T H E   A R C H I V E
Alex Martinis Roe, A Story from Circolo della Rosa, video still, 2014
Alex Martinis Roe’s front window at Archive Kabinett
Still from S.C.U.M. Manifesto (Les Insoumuses, France 1976, 27mins)
Installation view at Archive Kabinett
Still from Alexander Medvedkin’s film The New Moscow (1938)
Performance at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris
A U G U S T   2 0 1 5
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U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

Friday, August 7 at 6 pm
August 8–30
Unfinished State
An exhibition by
Caitlin Berrigan
O P E N I N G   H O U R S

Monday to Saturday
From 2 to 7 pm
Closed on Sunday
L A T E S T   E V E N T S
L A T E S T   E V E N T S
‘The main trouble with cyborgs, of course, is that they are the
illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism,
not to mention state socialism. But illegitimate offspring are
often exceedingly unfaithful to their origins. Their fathers,
after all, are inessential.’
— Donna Haraway, ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’, 1991.

Inessential Fathers was invitation to read together as a
means to trace feminisms’ genealogies through its
manifestos. The exhibition at Archive, took as point of
departure these documents of feminist history, that have
simultaneously worked to invite collective action and to
expose the limitations of the language that they speak
through. The exhibition featured works by artists that
negotiate strategies for the production of feminist situations
and yet simultaneously reveal the conditions that limit them
or, in turn, make them possible.

Including contributions from Carla Cruz, Kajsa Dahlberg,
Rosie Eveleigh, Emma Hedditch & Henriette Heise, Alex
Martinis Roe, Carole Roussopoulos & Delphine Seyrig.

The Choreography of Labour #5 in the Mobile Cinema Lecture perf
In The Choreography of Labour, a project developed at the
Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Romana Schmalisch has
examined different historical and contemporary strategies of
efficiency and education that are centred around the body: on
the one hand, the project critically examined choreographer
Rudolf Laban’s techniques to improve workers’ body
efficiency for production, and on the other, it investigated the
different programmes that job centres in Paris use to make
unemployed young people or those with limited working
capability fit for the demands of the labour market. The main
interest of
The Choreography of Labour was to show
an abstract labour force behind all these programs. 
For her presentation at Kabinett, Romana Schmalisch
revisited the
Mobile Cinema, a project exploring the idea of a
travelling popular cinema, which serves as a mediating
device to talk about the relationship between labour and art.
Mobile Cinema is a reconstruction of a film prop from
Alexander Medvedkin’s film “The New Moscow” (1938), a
model of a small cinema the protagonist takes on his travels
across the Soviet Union to discuss his vision of society.

Archive Kabinett’s front window. Photo by Leonardo Calvi
Photo of the week: Unfinished State, Caitlin Berrigan
Martin Beck. Summer Winter East West
Friday, June 5 at 6 pm

A presentation by Martin Beck
Followed by a conversation with the co-editor
of the book Christina von Rotenhan

Display and its social dimensions are leitmotifs in the multiform
art practice of Martin Beck. His exhibition ‘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 1960s and early ’70s
United States.
Summer Winter East West discusses Beck’s
engagament with display not only as a tool of presentation but
also as a form of communication – within and beyond the realm of
the exhibition.
L A T E S T   E V E N T S
r e c e n t
Friday, August 7 at 6 pm

Unfinished State
Caitlin Berrigan

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.

Caitlin Berrigan’s artist’s book
strays from these narratives
into a shadow landscape of
unfinished and vacant
structures that remain
suspended in a state of
incompletion—fixed on the
brink of a possible future.
Across the coast of Lebanon,
Archive is a platform for cultural research and debate. It brings
together activists and cultural practitioners in an adaptable and
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Located in Berlin, Archive Kabinett is both a library and a
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Saturday, September 5 at 7 pm
Launch of the book Maya
Schweizer. Lieux de Mémoire
and Desire
. Conversation with
the artist.
Tuesday, September 15
at 7 pm
Book launch
Judith Raum
September 19-20, 12-7 pm
Project Space Xchange Festival
Archive Kabinett – Decad
September 18, 3-9pm
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We will be closed
from August 13th to
August 17th, 2015
July 20 – August 6, 2015

On the occasion of the Berlin
launch of the publication
Deimantas Narkevičius.
Da Capo: Fifteen Films
a selection of the films featured
in the book will be on view at
Archive Kabinett.

Da Capo constitutes the first
comprehensive overview of the
filmic production of Deimantas
Narkevičius. The book features
essays written 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.

influxes of capital have
mounted fountains and plazas
identical to those that corporate
developers erect in luxury
hotels and shopping malls
across the planet. Yet there is
also a striking repetition of raw
building skeletons in grey
concrete. Some are new, others
are over 40 years old—
mosques, thirty year-old
skyscrapers, a convent, villas,
hotels and famously—Oscar
Niemeyer’s incomplete Rachid
Karami International Fair in

Berrigan transcribed Samuel
Delany’s 800+ page speculative
Dhalgren, onto
hundreds of unique postcards
printed with saturated
photographs taken while she
passed through these ghost
architectures. The snapshot of
each unfinished structure was
mailed on a postcard to the
building itself as the addressee.
Each postcard contains a
sequential passage from the
novel written on the back. Due
to the absence of a numeric
postal infrastructure, the
buildings must be described in
relation to the surrounding
landscape in order to be found.
Inscribing the space between
cities and the (un)locatability of
sites, some passages from the
story may have reached their
destination, others were lost,
and some were undeliverable.
With those postcards returned
to Berlin, an epistolary novel of
Dhalgren was re-compiled to
form a new narrative landscape.

Unfinished State also contains
conversations on practice,
imagination, space and real
estate with Marwan Aboudib,
Haseeb Ahmed, Mirene
Arsanios, Charlotte Brathwaite,
Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga,
Franziska Pierwoss and Caleb
Waldorf. Through speculative
fiction and ludic dialogue,
Unfinished State questions how
unfulfilled optimism, flows of
capital and shifting social
terrains manifest in time
through architecture and
prismatic landscapes.

Forthcoming Archive Books
Winter 2015

With generous support from
the Alexander von Humboldt