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Wednesday April 30th at 6.30 pm Vesna Madžoski’s book launch at
A presentation by author Vesna Madžoski in conversation with Patricia Reed.

How are we to analyze power relations in the current system of contemporary art, or the presumably non-existing censorship in this free and democratic domain? The important event that struck the art world in the last century was the appearance of a new agent on the art scene: that of a curator. The following analysis has the ambition to strip curating down to its essence, by comparing three main domains in which we find this profession active: the Roman Empire, contemporary arts, and contemporary zoos.
Two large-scale manifestations served as platforms for the promotion and recognition of this profession, both with a clear political mandate as well: documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the traveling Manifesta—European Biennial of Contemporary Art. The third case-study, the Hollywood blockbuster film AVATAR, continues the discussion where the analysis of Manifesta brought us and, somehow, this perfect 3D cinematic image brings us back to curators. What this historical overview made clear was, that what all those various agents have in common is a duty to protect those considered to be in need of protection, which further opened up the questions of who decided this, and where the threshold is when care becomes confinement.

Vesna Madžoski is an independent writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She received her PhD in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. In the last ten years, her research focused on the analysis of the global art system and the manners of detecting censorship in this presumably open and democratic domain.

Patricia Reed is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Reed has contributed articles and essays to numerous publications including: Fillip, Art Papers, C Magazine, Cognitive Architecture, And The Seasons, A Joy Forever, Critical Spatial Practice, Intangible Economies, The Archive as Productive Space of Conflict and Accelerate.
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The Public School

Archive Kabinett has been hosting The Public School Berlin since the beginning of 2012. Initiated in Los Angeles in 2007 by Telic Arts Exchange, the project exists in several places world-wide and in Berlin since the fall of 2010. A school with no curriculum, The Public School is a framework that supports autodidactic activities: it is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. So far nearly 50 classes, proposed by the school’s community, have been organized in Berlin. The collaboration with Archive started with the reading group on Peter Weiss’ “The Aesthetic of Resistance”.


From 2014 on, Inventory is
on view at Archive during opening hours. Inventory is a representation of a research journey in the form of an archive of printed matters 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 possi-bility to question European cultural establishments and their ‘patriarchal’ archives.

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FORTHcoming titles

Deimantas Narkevičius,
Da capo. Fifteen Film
Edited by Marco Scotini

Eric Baudelaire, Anabases
Edited by Anna Colin

Archive Journal, special issue
Edited by Virginie Bobin and Mathilde Villeneuve.

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part two Edited by Warren Neidich.

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latest titles

Der Standpunkt der
Aufnahme — Point of View
. Edited by Tobias Hering

Edited by Melissa Gordon
and Marina Vishmidt

Film material N°5: The Cast
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Edited by Paolo Caffoni

Berlin: A Morphology of Walls  Edited by Anna Kostreva


Constellations of
One and Many

Falke Pisano in collaboration
with Archive Books

Curated by Emanuele Guidi

ar/ge kunst presents the first Italian solo show by Falke Pisano in collaboration with Paolo Caffoni (Archive Books). Pisano’s practice focuses on the relationship between opposing and complementary poles such as language and body. In these terms, the two principal series by the artist (Figure of Speech, 2006-2010, and Body in Crisis, 2011-) are reflections on the disjunction, reproducibility and reconstruction of the act of speech and corporeal realm. Archive Books has been developing editorial research on the notions of the ‘visible’ and the cinematic image, with all their socio-political implications, since 2009. This research corresponds to a reflection on both the meanings and the practices of ‘exhibiting’ – of exposing oneself publicly (part of the practice of ‘publishing’ itself); an activity that has to be understood as a moment that enacts and transforms productive processes.
Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 7 pm  Making Money: The Philosophy of
Book release with Ole Bjerg, Matteo Pasquinelli and Stefan Heidenreich

What is money? Where does it come from? Who makes our money today? And how can we understand the current state of our economy as a crisis of money itself?

In Making Money, Ole Bjerg turns these questions into a matter of philosophical rather than economic analysis. Using the thinking of Slavoj Žižek, while still engaging with mainstream economic literature, the book provides a genuinely philosophical theory of money.

Ole Bjerg, Matteo Pasquinelli and Stefan Heidenreich will discuss money and crisis capitalism at the book release.
Alex Martinis Roe shows her new film A story from Circolo della Rosa, and a sculpture in
Archive Kabinett front window, 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 will also be made available on
    This show is organized by Fiona Geuss and is on display from February 22 through
March 22, 2014, open Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm – 6pm. Made possible with
support by Graduiertenschule, Universität der Künste Berlin.        
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RECENT project  Alex Martinis Roe A story from Circolo della ro
Alex Martinis Roe, A story from Circolo della rosa, video still, 2014
Alex Martinis Roe’s front window at Archive Kabinett
recent events at archive kabinett Persona and  Return to Inquir
recent collaborations Editing the Collective
On January 10th Archive Kabinett hosted the joint launch of Persona and Return to Inquiry. The event included a reading by Karolin Meunier and an introduction with Melissa Gordon.

Persona is published in collaboration with Archive Books and
it is the second magazine in a series in response to a series of meetings of female artists entitled “A conversation to know if there is a conversation to be had” held in Amsterdam, New York, Berlin and London in 2010-11.

The first journal Labour, addressed the question of women’s work, and used the lens of the feminist critique of unpaid labour to look at the contemporary condition of the artist.
Persona as a jumping off point looks at the condition of self-presentation for the contemporary artist, and in an expansive manner encompasses discussions on embarrassment, refusal, interiority and identification.
Still from Berwick Street Film Collective’s Nightcleaners (1970-1975)
The sixth evening in the series of “Formate des Wir” started with the publication Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s (ed. Petra Bauer and Dan Kidner, 2013) and a discussion with Dan Kidner. The discussion focused on questions about the historical work with collective, political practices from the perspective of contemporary curatorial and artistic research methods. The talk was accompanied by screenings of short examples from the film collectives London Women’s Film Group, Berwick Street Film Collective and Cinema Action.

The publication Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s is structured in four sections: introductions, a second part is essay-based and poses the question of the publication or artistic origin of historical, collective material, the third section contains conversations with film makers and film theorists, including Ann Guedes, Humphry Trevelyan, Steve Sprung and Paul Willemen; and finally an archival section which collects texts from film journals like Screen and Afterimage, as well as information pamphlets and statements from the various film collectives from the era 1970-1982.

Over the course of various events and edited transcripts of the related discussions, “Formate des WIR” has sought to tackle the complex and difficult questions of historiography. It’s precisely in using as an example a non-Berlin-specific project that this evening will present the role of “Formate des WIR” itself for discussion.
Archive kabinett is interested in buying books
We purchase used books, rare and out-of-print books, bulletins, journals, ephemeras and posters. We are mainly interested in theory, art, cultural expression, and subjects concerning political theory, feminism, students’ movements, workers’ coalitions, organization of work, anarchism, civil disobedience, theatre, film theory and criticism. We are also interested
in old magazines, photographs (albums, collections), prints, maps, etc. We buy publications in any language, lots, libraries and inventories.
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Part Two
End of May in London