Awkward Archives

Awkward Archives

Awkward Archives proposes a manual for academic teaching and learning contexts. An ethnographic research approach is confronted with the demands of archival research as both disciplines challenge their inner logics and epistemologies. Through fieldwork and ethnographic tools and methods, both analogue and digital, the editors take various contemporary archival sites in Berlin as case studies to elaborate on controversial concepts in Western thought. Presenting as such a modular curriculum on archives in their awkwardness—with the tensions, discomfort and antagonisms they pose.

Archives on Show

Archives on Show

Archives on Show brings the potential of reformulating the social and political relevance of archives by curatorial means into focus. Based on the specific properties, faculties and methods of curation, the volume highlights those techniques and strategies that deal with archives not only to make their genesis and history apparent but also to open them up for the future.

Maa Ka Maaya Ka Ca A Yere Kono

Maa Ka Maaya Ka Ca A Yere Kono

L’imposition des notions de singularité – comme celles des êtres singuliers et immuables, des identités uniques et inaltérables, des plans ou des espaces uniques et fixes, dans lesquels nous nous trouvons et naviguons, des cultures singulières et figées, des divinités jalouses avec des structures de croyance singulières, d’histoire de politique ou de structure politique unique – semble être un des concepts dont il est le plus difficile de se débarrasser dans cette période de post indépendance et libération des forces qui ont imposé leur domination sur une grande partie du monde pendant trop longtemps. À nous avoir fait avaler ces concepts de force, cela a entraîné une perte de la multiplicité et des fragmentations, une perte des points d’intersection des différentes façons d’être et finalement une perte de la complexité des notions d’humanité et des récits.

The Wall Between Us

The Wall Between Us

When the outer world tells you who you are, who to be, and those in your immediate, unchosen community tell you to be another, how do we understand who we truly want to be? Away from prescribed imaginaries, how can we find our own reality? Should we even find an identity? Do we have a choice? Does it require asking humbly for allowance? When we receive recognition, does it risk furthering agendas that keep us in our "place"? Together, these poems, letters, anecdotes, interviews and stories demonstrate that living as a "member of the Asian diaspora" can never be presented as a singular expression. Moving through our world is a process of being emergent, sometimes in conflict, other times in collaboration, with a diasporic identity that continues to be ever more complex. Here we hope to find an opportunity to practice our own becoming.

Panorama

Panorama

Navina Sundaram is sitting in the editing room in Hamburg. She has managed to reduce the complexity of the Kemal Altun case to the required 2 minutes and 40 seconds for the political magazine; a journalistic feat considering the legal terminology and the international political situation, which must be presented in simple terms. She places her interview with the judge at the back. The audience therefore first gets an impression of perhaps the best-known deportation prisoner of the republic on trial here.

Archives & Crime

Archives & Crime

To enter a collective archive is to carry an anonymous corpse on your shoulders. You are not investigating how this corpse met its death so much as feeling impelled, somehow, to fill in the gaps that render it anonymous. Whether or not you are hoping to tell the story and share it with others, you might be able to give this corpse a name and lend a meaning to its life. The corpse is the researcher’s question.

An Ongoing-Offcoming Tale

An Ongoing-Offcoming Tale

An Ongoing-Offcoming Tale comprises abstractions, subversions and poetic ruminations, housed within essays that engage with the lives and practices of over 30 artists. It opens with the question: If only some leaves could speak? And in the journey that follows, we encounter many such possibilities – that leave us asking questions of the boundaries we place around the things we are allowed to think, the knowledge we call knowledge, and the questions we permit ourselves to ask.

Earnestly

Earnestly

In honest, crystallizing language, Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju reckons with her changing Body and the afterlife of trauma within the tangle of race relations, sexual politics, and family history. Earnestly collages texts from the artist’s transdisciplinary practice, modeling different lenses through which to navigate the social and emotional dimensions of Body dysmorphia, girlhood, and longing.

SCROLL Part 3: Language is Migrant

SCROLL Part 3: Language is Migrant

Cecilia Vicuña’s liberatory text Language is Migrant interrogates the capacity of language within and through our wounded oral cultures and lexical histories. With her in mind, and emanating from the 2022 edition of Colomboscope festival, SCROLL also engages with the idea of language as a complex translator and migratory force, via the medium of print.

SCROLL Part 2: It is Not the Seas that Scare Me

SCROLL Part 2: It is Not the Seas that Scare Me

SCROLL's second issue ‘It is Not the Seas that Scare of Me’ is created in collaboration with Colomboscope 2019. For this issue, the oceanic frontier becomes a jumping off point for artists and writers to examine concerns around trade & exchange, economy & colonization and sexuality & the surreal.

Glossary of Cognitive Activism (Third Edition)

Glossary of Cognitive Activism (Third Edition)

Written by Warren Neidich, Glossary of Cognitive Activism (For a Not so Distant Future) articulates key concepts central to the essays published in the three-volume series The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism. The series attempts to broaden the definition of cognitive capitalism in terms of the scope of its material relations, especially as it relates to the conditions of mind and brain in our new world of advanced telecommunication, data mining and social relations.

An Activist Neuroaesthetics Reader

An Activist Neuroaesthetics Reader

Activist neuroaesthetics attempts to make the processes of digital dominion and governmentalization—which are becoming more and more prominent in late-stage cognitive capitalism (or neural capitalism)—opaque, visible, and known.

How to Die – Inopiné

How to Die – Inopiné

How to Die - Inopiné is a performance and a practice. It thinks through, in an embodied manner, the prevailing contemporary moods of ecological grief, cultural panic, and collapse. As a performance in a theater or outdoors, an audience encounters five dancers who are constantly building, unbuilding, and rebuilding. Afterwards, stories are told around a bonfire. As a practice in the studio, school, or street, a group of dancers, artists, writers, and architects meet for a year of residencies between Oslo and Umeå.

Polisario

Polisario

Wer kennt die Frente Polisario, die DARS – Demokratische Arabische Republik Sahara - und die Sahrauis, zu denen auch viele Fischer gehörten, die aus ihrer Heimat vertrieben wurden und heute als Flüchtlinge im „Sandmeer“ der Sahara leben? Fabrizia Ramondino hat ein Logbuch verfasst während der Reise in die Zeltstädte der algerischen Wüste, bei der sie das Team von Mario Martone begleitete, den UNICEF und RAI Uno beauftragt hatten, einen Dokumentarfilm über die sahrauischen Kinder zu drehen.

Sedje Hémon – Emotion of Spirits

Sedje Hémon – Emotion of Spirits

Sedje Hémon (1923-2011) dedicated her life to showing the common origin and intersectionality of all arts and sciences, culminating in the development of a theory for the “integration of the arts.”

Imran Mir – A World that is not Entirely Reflective but Contemplative

Imran Mir – A World that is not Entirely Reflective but Contemplative

Imran Mir's (1950-2014) oeuvre can be interpreted as a constant refusal to provide comprehensive elaboration beyond what one experiences. The act of contemplation is a guiding principle to interpreting Imran Mir’s work, an approach that reverberates into a practice that grew out of conversations with a community of artists, activists, poets, relatives, and other thinkers in Karachi.

Abdias Nascimento  – Being an Event of Love

Abdias Nascimento – Being an Event of Love

Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011) was a story-teller whose mediums of expression embraced as many forms as they could, borrowing the paths at hand to communicate ideas and reflect on the urgencies of his time and place.

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022: Anti-monument

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022: Anti-monument

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022 presents artists and works that can varyingly be seen in the light of Hannah Ryggen's legacy (1894–1970). With the anti-monument as a prism, embodied truths are replaced with a multitude of alternatives. In this publication, the curators and invited authorsexplore the dialogues that take place between Hannah Ryggen's tapestries and the contemporary artists's woks in the triennale exhibitions, also mediated through a rich selection of images.

Hannah Ryggen's attitude toward hierarchical constructions is still confrontational Her art invites dynamic readings, at the same time as it punctures fascist ideologies and literally outlasts structures in reinforced concrete. This is the strength and potential of her textile anti-monument.

Die Vibration der Dinge | The Vibration of Things

Die Vibration der Dinge | The Vibration of Things

Things, including artistic objects, are integrated into social and societal contexts. Objects are alive, they vibrate and generate resonance. When they travel, their meanings and values shift. They possess a charge that can change and even disappear.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

The Blue Room by the artistic duo Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László and Péter Rákosi) is an installation comprising a film and a porcelain sculpture collection. The work is aimed at the re-examination of our relation to architectural and material cultural heritage, merging two stories: the story of the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts's nineteenth century plaster cast collection of antique sculptures, and that of the eighteenth century synagogue of Tata, which served to house the life-size copies of antique sculptures for more than forty years.

Contested Landscapes

Contested Landscapes

Contested Landscapes is dedicated to different rural regions—their landscapes, their producers, and their work. The paths of the family of the artist Sandra Schäfer and those of the famous German photographer August Sander cross in the Westerwald, a rural area in Germany shaped by farming and mining.

Afro-Sonic Mapping

Afro-Sonic Mapping

From his longstanding engagement to “un-mute” colonial sound collections captured during the European colonial period, Satch Hoyt’s practice has been dedicated to intervene those collections and awake their sonicity, releasing phonogram recordings and instruments of different regions in Africa from the museological silence. For Hoyt, the sonic opens a portal to the acoustic mappings of history – testimonies of enslavement, resistance, empowerment and liberation, and also the amalgamations of today and the future.

Lerato Shadi

Lerato Shadi

We are delighted to be able to introduce Lerato Shadi’s first monograph. In her work, it is the marginalized that Shadi puts centre stage, negotiating bodies discriminated against in racist, sexist or classist ways, along with the experiences inscribed in them. Employing different media, Shadi addresses issues of institutional violence, patriarchal and colonial strategies of exclusion and erasure but also highlights resistant subjective narratives.