Shape Shifting Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov

Shape Shifting is the practice of a landscape by which it preserves and changes simultaneously. Shape Shifting is a film as well, akin to a living territory, both build themselves in response to a broader environment by transforming their internal composition. Being a landscape, or drawing a cartography of a landscape is to develop an attentiveness towards the doings of human and nonhuman forces. The book brings together the receptivity of images and the spontaneity of words, from there different theories emerge.

Prendas – Ngangas – Equisos – Machines [Each Part Welcomes
the Other Without Saying] Elke Marhöfer

Transducing a single film into printed matter, this book addresses the question of how to connect the nonhumans, animals and plants to the postcolonial space without deepening inflicted violations on both people and nature? The film prendas – ngangas – enquisos – machines {each part welcomes the other without saying} gathers affects of plants and animals whose ancestors were moved to the new world, and ‘had to colonize the new land with the humans as a team.’ in present-day Cuba animals such as cows, horses, goats, pigs and chickens provide food and labor, and often move around freely. Much like extended family members some animals share close relations with humans. Some entered the intermediate state between domesticated and wild, others return to the forest to fully reverse their domestication and to become something else entirely.

Nobody Knows, When it Was Made and Why Elke Marhöfer

The publication takes a fresh look at Aby Warburg’s prominent Mnemosyne Atlas. Reflecting on the fact that research, be it art or science based, is a historical and anthropological procedure that is closely related to colonialism, the film and the two essays rethink how Warburg creates a relational and trans-cultural methodology. Inhuman and animating forces of images, things, animals, people, minerals, amulets and dices, solar and lunar eclipses, intestines, magic stones and starry heavens stemming from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Jordan suggest exploring Mnemosyne Atlas outside of European cultural history and the imagination of itself.

L’esprit d’un temps
Zeitgeist

To highlight the Bureau des arts plastiques / Institut français d’Allemagne activities since 1996, as well the support it lends to French artistic creation in a highly competitive context of the art ecosystem in Germany, the BDAP has launched a publication that gives the floor to the German art scene and its approach to French art. 20 personalities from the German art world – critics, curators, directors of institutions and independent venues, gallery owners and collectors – are invited take a close look at the French art scene.

Anabases
Eric Baudelaire

Anabases is a project initiated by the artist Eric Baudelaire and conceived as a conversation between his own practice and the research of the philosopher Pierre Zaoui and the cinema theorist Jean-Pierre Rehm. It revolves around the notion of ‘anabasis’, a topic that has been explored in various fields and times, from Xénophon to Alain Badiou, through the poets Saint John Perse and Paul Celan. Anabasis is used to describe a period of ‘uncertain wandering and without guide’ through unknown and dangerous lands that ends when one returns to the native land. Each chapter collects documentary materials which are at the root of projects: chronologies, archival photos, maps, pages from books and newspapers. These documents tell a story that becomes the starting point of forms and films that Baudelaire realizes.

Firenze 1977
Luciano Bartolini, Michael Buthe, Klaus Vom Bruch, Martin
Kippenberger, Marcel Odenbach, Anna Oppermann,
Ulrike Rosenbach &tc.

Firenze 77 tells the story of a number of artists who passed through Florence, and Villa Romana, between the second half of the 1970s and the early 1980s. This book brings together a series of notes, comments, book summaries and various kinds of devices and does not pretend to be other than a collection of heterogeneous, autonomous material and is open to the prospect of a future, broader and unified work.

Luciano Bartolini
Pensando All’Oriente
1973–79

This publication was made in collaboration with Archivio Luciano Bartolini, which since 1994 – the year of the artist’s death – has conducted careful research for the conservation and cataloguing of his works. Created in parallel with the volume Firenze 1977 it takes a position of ideal continuity with the essay by Paolo Emilio Antognoli Viti, accompanying the historical-critical recontextualization of the figure of the artist with an important tool of documentation on his work from 1973 to 1979.

Brancusi. An AfterlifeA research by Alexandra Croitoru

Posthumous interpretations of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi, as employed by Alexandra Croitoru in her artistic research, are part of what can be understood as the ‘Brancusi effect’ in post-Stalinist Romanian culture. Unlike the established concept of influence, which denotes a relationship of causality between an active agent and a passive receptor, the term ‘effect’, the same as ‘afterlife’, has the advantage of affirming a plurality of cultural agents that contribute to a given cultural construct; it also allows the affirmation of a retrospective influence on the meaning of Brancusi via terms such as re-contextualisation, re-modeling, re-signification, etc. The cultural signifier Brancusi has inevitably expanded its range of significations. Readings of it, as well as its cultural meaning, can no longer be purely aesthetic.

It Was Me. Diary 1900-1999Daniela Comani

Daniela Comani’s project It Was Me. Diary 1900-1999 is a diary of 366 days (from January 1st to December 31st) on facts that really happened in the 20th Century. The diary is written in the first person and the narrator assumes alternatively the role of the victim and the role of the perpetrator, as individual – impossible – author of the pregnant events in the history of a whole century. The chronology in the appendix indicates the years of the facts everyday.

Sono stata io. Diario 1900-1999Daniela Comani

Sono stata io. Diario 1900-1999 di Daniela Comani è un diario dove sono riportati 366 giorni di un anno bisestile (dal 1 gennaio al 31 dicembre), fatti accaduti realmente nel secolo ventesimo. L’io narrante assume alternativamente il ruolo della vittima e quello dell’artefice, indentificandosi come autore/autrice – impossibile – dei fatti che hanno pregnato un secolo intero. Gli anni relativi ai giorni sono consultabili nella cronologia in appendice.

The Soweto Project Marjetica Potrč and
Design for the Living World

From the middle of January to the end of March 2014, the class Design for the Living World lived and worked in Soweto. They developed two projects in two neighbourhoods in Soweto: Ubuntu Park in Orlando East and the Primary School Vegetable Gardens in Noordgesig.
The Soweto Project began a year earlier, when Stefan Horn of the Berlin-based art association urban dialogues invited our class at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg to join the Nine Urban Biotopes project. The basic idea was for us to stay in Soweto for three months and work closely with the local community.

No More Sleep No More Danilo Correale

Night-space and sleep, despite the recent media attention, remain rather uncharted territories in the landscape of human life, and continue to generate intriguing theories and propositions both in medical and social sciences. No More Sleep No More neither poses nor answers questions about sleep, but rather aims to reframe sleep and wakefulness into the framework of chronopolitics together with aspect of our lives absorbed under the neoliberal condition.

Eser Judith Raum

Eser is a comprehensive publication on Judith Raum’s works, installations and lecture performance texts from 2011 to 2014. It is also a theoretical reader and material collection on the semi-colonial advance of German entrepreneurs and bankers into the Ottoman Empire before World War I in connection with the construction of the Anatolian Railway. In this frame, the logic of capitalism and geopolitical interests connected the engineers’ tasks with less obvious efforts: to get a hold of Anatolian agriculture, archaeology and the working conditions in the country. Judith Raum’s work suggests that gestures and rhetoric of power and domination are the consequences of an economic principle that did not end with the colonial era and in fact persist today. Her works and texts take her research on site and in archives as a starting point, they exhibit an autonomous aesthetic dimension, however, and as such suggest an alternative approach to ‘artistic research’.

Frequency-Modulated Scenario Eran Schaerf

What difference does it make if a newspaper reports on a worker protest as if it were a theatre piece? Why does an argument in the neighbors’ apartment sound like a radio play? When was the term Lebensraum decolonized? How can Little Red Riding Hood get hold of the copyright for her own character? Who dresses up as whom in order to belong to what group? What happens when not much is happening, but lots of airtime has been scheduled for news broadcasts?
At a radio station called The Listener’s Voice, freedom of speech is supposed to be guaranteed by a computerized moderator taking listeners’ calls. Yet, the moderator was not only programmed for an unplanned architecture of discourse that sprawls into environments of potential violence, ambiguous sexuality, and rowdy beauty, but also to make identifying data anonymous. Double-sided, invisible, and acoustic masks are at work. Cyber-radio comes into conflict with human memory.

Summer Winter East West Martin Beck

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 1970s United States. Summer Winter East West discusses Beck’s engagement with display not only as a tool of presentation but also as a form of communication – within and beyond the realm of the exhibition. What are the possibilities for imaging community? How can togetherness be presented (or present itself), and to what degree is exhibiting already an aspect of community building?

Republications Virginie Bobin
and Mathilde Villeneuve

Republications is the first volume of Archive Journal’s hors-séries. Each issue of the series is commissioned to authors whose research is close to the editorial line of the journal. For the inaugural issue Archive’s editors have invited French curators and art critics Virginie Bobin and Mathilde Villeneuve. Taking as a starting point the notion of ‘republication’, the contents of this publication have been compiled through a collective process over the course of multiple editorial meetings in Berlin, Aubervilliers and Paris between 2011 and 2012. The texts assembled in this volume have been written in English or in French.

Da Cauda à Cabeça Carla Filipe

Published on the occasion of Carla Filipe’s show da cauda à cabeça (from tail to head), this monograph, the first ever dedicated to the artist, focuses on the project presented at Museu Coleção Berardo, with an essay by the curator Pedro Lapa, and a comprehensive documentation of the show. It also refers to a number of previous projects selected or especially created by Carla Filipe. The book features additional texts by Vít Havránek and Pedro G. Romero, and an interview with Stephan Dillemuth, contextualize both the artist’s work and this project in particular, which summarises to some extent the artist’s investigation into Portuguese railroads. The publication was conceptualised by Carla Filipe in close collaboration with Gonçalo Sena, who also designed it.

Biography Elmgreen and Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset consider an exhibition to be a work of art in itself, with all its narrative, choreographic and social possibilities and ‘Biography’ examines the very conditions of exhibiting. Works that initially arrived from very different contexts are here brought together and the new constellations of works generate altered readings and additional layers of meaning.