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
Inventory. An archive of stories

Inventory is on view at Archive Kabinett during opening hours.
Inventory is the representation of a research journey in the form of
an archive of printed matter collected in Eastern and Southern
Europe. Changes taking place in these regions and their impact on
cultural and socio-political structures are seen as a possibility to
question European cultural establishments and their ‘patriarchal’
Inventory aims to document a number of situations related
to the use of publishing as form of resistance. It is formed by
interlinked histories, specific to their socio-political contexts, yet
interconnected. Self-publishing has a complex and, to some extent,
insufficiently known history. Through specific case studies,
Inventory explores and circulates significant material about the
pivotal role of publishing in the fight against totalitarianism, in the
one hand, and in the other, it stresses the question of how ideological
censorship has been replaced by new constraints.
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
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Kabinett News
U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

Saturday, July 4 at 7 pm
Book launch event for the book
TRAIL, edited by Natascha Sadr
Haghighian, Pola Sieverding,
Jasper Kettner.
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
O N G O I N G   P R O J E C 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: TRAIL, cover of the book edited by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Pola Sieverding, Jasper Kettner
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
Archive is a platform for cultural research and debate. It brings
together activists and cultural practitioners in an adaptable and
non-hierarchal structure with the aim to foster a unique space
for discussion and exchange. Archive is engaged in a wide range
of activities including publishing and exhibition making. Archive
Books produces readers, monographs and artists’ books as well
as journals focusing on contemporary cultural production.
Located in Berlin, Archive Kabinett is both a library and a
bookshop showcasing a selected range of printed matters, and
simultaneously a space for lectures, screenings and exhibitions.
Archive Journal is a biannual cross-disciplinary journal. As its name
suggests, it is primarily concerned with the notion of documentation
but also with contemporary uses of translation and recirculation.
Archive Appendix is the design department that brings a conceptual
approach to the relation between text and image.

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Book launch event
for the publication


Conversation with Natascha
Sadr Haghighian, Ashkan
Sepahvand and Pola Sieverding

Additional visual material,
sketches, notes and
photographs from the process of
trail took shape will
accompany the conversation.

Archive Kabinett
Saturday, July 4 at 7 pm
Introductory conversation with Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Ashkan Sepahvand and Pola Sieverding
about listening to rubble, followed by a visual introduction into the main pathways through the book.
The talk will be accompanied by additional 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. Via an exchange of letters
with Anselm Franke, Avery Gordon, Ay┼če Guelec, and a number of other correspondents, the
findings are linked and examined together, revealing a view of historical continuities, loops, and
ruptures, resembling the layering of the debris itself.
T H I S   W E E K   A T   A R C H I V E
U P C O M I N G   T I T L E S

Edited by
Virginie Bobin and
Mathilde Villeneuve
H O R S   S É R I E S

Politics of Memory
Documentary and Archive
Edited by Elisabetta Galasso
and Marco Scotini
T H E   W I T N E S S
Anguish Language:
Writing and Crisis
Edited by John Cunningham,
Anthony Iles, Mira Mattar
and Marina Vishmidt
Maya Schweizer
Lieux de Mémoire
and Desire