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
donne 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.
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censorship has been replaced by new constraints.
Space Sounds. Susanne M. Winterling
Surface spaces and sound realms
A diamond into surface space
A record with sounds that portrait spaces, traces:
a row of choreographed sounds like a sea breeze
in Malmoe, Berlin birds and traffic on a pavilion,
angry drumming girls in Shanghai, Virginia Woolf’s
words in the storm, plankton in mosquito bay
under the surface recorded with a hydrophon,
Mexican dogs and airplane dynamics and breaking glass
Details that we might take for granted precisely
arranged as in life
Are you listening?
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
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S
May 21–31, 2015
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H O R S S É R I E S
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Young Girl Reading Group.
General Fine Arts magazine #4 launch
General Fine Arts is a quarterly (e-)journal focused on poetry,
prose and fiction, published by Version House.
29.01.2015 LA BOOK FAIR, LOS ANGELES
Book Exchange. A project by Warren Neidich
at the LA Art Book Fair
Publishing Clearing House
Talk by Brett Bloom from Temporary Services
Organised by Anagram
The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part Two
Book launch and talk with Matteo Pasquinelli, Warren Neidich,
Patricia Reed and Liss C. Werner
Carla Filipe. Da cauda à cabeça (From tail to head)
Discussion between the artist Carla Filipe
and Nuno Ferreira de Carvalho
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.
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
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.
The 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 month: Nicolas Cilins, part of the upcoming show at Archive
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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