inventory

ongoing
2011–
Inventory
Research library

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against totalitarianism, in the one hand, and in the other, it stresses the question of how ideological censorship has been replaced by new constraints. In the words of Faulkner 'the past is never dead, it is not even past'.

Inventory is a representation of a research journey in the form of an archive of publications and printed matter. Starting from a central position in Europe (Berlin), the trip develops toward Eastern and Middle Eastern regions through cities like Poznan, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki and Istanbul. In this journey we took under consideration the changes and movements currently taking place in these regions, seeing their impact on cultural, economical, political and social structures as a possibility to question European cultural establishments and their archives. The project tried to dig deep into the recent past of these regions and into their heritage, in order to record an inventory of anomalies, heresies, anarchism and feminism. What have we seen? The resulting inventory, built with the contributions of a diverse range of people involved with all aspects of the publishing production cycle (artists, archivists, collectors, journalists, designers, editors, schools, underground publishers, anarchist book fairs, feminist associations, distributors and printers), both represents an act of exploration as well as a source of information for researchers. Inventory includes books, magazines, booklets, posters, pamphlets, newspapers, archival materials as well as video and audio documentation of the journey. After the first presentation during the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial, the project continues its journey with a new appointment at DEPO in Istanbul. This new display will further include a specific focus on the Istanbul scene and will be designed as a collaboration with the turkish artist Can Altay.