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intercalations: paginated exhibition

Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61) | Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections

Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61) | Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections

This exhibition series in paperback format was developed in collaboration with Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin for the SYNAPSE curators' network and is published as both paperbacks and web-based open access publications. The series provokes questions about the validity of seeming categorical binaries such as culture and nature, human and non-human, subject and object, book and exhibition.

intercalations 1

intercalations 1

Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, (eds.)
intercalations 1: Fantasies of the Library.
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by Kader Attia, Andrew Beccone, Mark Dion, Rodney Graham, Adam Hyde, Erin Kissane, Raking Leaves, Hammad Nasar, Anna-Sophie Springer, Charles Stankievech, Katie Paterson, Megan Shaw Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Veronika Spierenburg, Andrew Norman Wilson, Joanna Zylinska, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-0-1
In English, € 15.99 Buy at the webshop
Download as PDF [ca. 5 MB]

Fantasies of the Library inaugurates the intercalations series. Virtually stacked alongside Anna-Sophie Springer’s feature essay about unorthodox responses to the institutional ordering principles of book collections, the volume includes an interview with Rick Prelinger and Megan Shaw Prelinger of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco; reflections on the role of cultural memory and the archive by Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; a conversation with media theorist Joanna Zylinska about experiments on the intersections of curatorial practice and open source e-books; and a discussion between K’s co-director Charles Stankievech and platform developer Adam Hyde on new approaches to open source publishing in science and academia. The photo essay, “Reading Rooms Reading Machines,” presents views of unusual historical libraries next to works by artists such as Kader Attia, Andrew Beccone, Mark Dion, Rodney Graham, Katie Paterson, Veronika Spierenburg, Andrew Norman Wilson, and others.

Reviews of intercalations 1: Fantasies of the Library:
Reading at the Roche Limit: A Review of “Fantasies of the Library” (Feedback)
Front to Back, Top to Bottom, a New Book Series Reimagines How We Read (Hyperallergic)

intercalations 2

intercalations 2

Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, (eds.)
intercalations 2: Land & Animal & Nonanimal.
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by Mitchell Akiyama, Bianca Baldi, Seth Denizen, Thom van Dooren, Natasha Ginwala, Arvo Leo, Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne, Richard Pell & Lauren Allen, Axel Straschnoy, Robert Zhao Renhui, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-1-8
In English, € 15.99 Buy at the webshop
Download as PDF [ca. 21 MB]

Land & Animal & Nonanimal turns the attention from the built space of cultural repositories to the postnatural landscapes of planet Earth. In his interview about urban soils of the Anthropocene, landscape architect Seth Denizen considers a history of land use practices that is also reflected in artist Robert Zhao Renhui’s photographs of Singapore as a scenario of continuous development. Inspired by a recent visit to the environment of Wendover in the Utah desert, Richard Pell and Lauren Allen of Pittsburgh’s Center for PostNatural History make a case for a postnatural imprint upon the geologic aspects inherent in the concept of the Anthropocene. By encountering “the last snail,” environmental historicist and philosopher Thom van Dooren considers the meaning of hope and care in the context of species extinction. And while curator Natasha Ginwala’s paginated series with contributions by Bianca Baldi, Arvo Leo, Axel Staschnoy, and Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne turns to cosmological and ancestral human-animal scenarios, sound artist and researcher Mitchell Akiyama explores philosophies of consciousness against the background of the phonogram in nineteenth century simian research and evolutionary theories.

intercalations 3: Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago

intercalations 3: Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago

Anna-Sophie Springer, Etienne Turpin (eds.)
intercalations 3: Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by George Beccaloni, Lucy Davis, Fred Langford Edwards, Matthias Glaubrecht, Mark von Schlegell & The Slave Pianos, Anna-Sophie Springer, Rachel Thompson, Etienne Turpin, Satrio Wicaksono, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-3-2
In English, € 15.99
Available from April 2016

Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago reflects on the changing role of colonial natural history collections in the current ecological crisis called the Anthropocene. The volume features a long essay, “The Science of Letters,” by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, which considers in parallel the histories of scientific publications and personal letters sent by European naturalists from the tropics in order to discern a schizophrenic dilemma at the core of the colonial-scientific project. Alongside the essay, the book includes a science fiction graphic novella by Mark von Schlegell, Iwank Celenk, and The Slave Pianos (with Punkasila) about a futurist entomological meltdown. Photographer Fred Langford Edwards presents a series of works documenting tropical specimens held in the natural history collections of the British Natural History Museum, while artist Lucy Davis uses DNA tracking and oral history to retrace the path of teak furniture from Singapore to Indonesian plantations. Also featured in the collection are interviews with the director of the Wallace Correspondence Project and entomologist George Beccaloni, and the geologist Satrio Wicaksono, who discuss, respectively, the history of biological specimen collecting and a drilling project in the Malay archipelago which recently obtained 300 meters of soil samples containing 700,000 years of Nusantara climate history. To compliment these collections, musician Rachel Thompson adds a two-part composition relaying the Javanese osteo-mythology of the Dutch paleoanthropologist Eugène Dubious. Finally, the volume includes an original translation (from German) of a text by Matthias Glaubrecht, Director of the Hamburg Center for Natural History, which outlines the maddening rate of species extinction in the rapidly transforming Malay world.

Expenditures in the Decapitated Economy

Expenditures in the Decapitated Economy

Anna-Sophie Springer, Etienne Turpin (eds.)
intercalations 4: The Word for World Is Still Forest
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by Sandra Bartoli, Shannon Lee Castleman, Erle Ellis, Dan Handel, Katie Holten, Eduardo Kohn, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Abel Rodriguez, Paulo Tavares, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-5-6
In English, € 15.99
Available from April 2016

The Word for World Is Still Forest takes its title from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1972 novella as an homage to the forest as a turbulent, multinature ontology. Moving from concepts of the forest as a thinking organism to the linear monocultural plantations that now threaten the life of global forests, the volume includes interviews with anthropologist Eduardo Kohn on perspectival multinatural semiotics and ecologist Erle Ellis on the taxonomy of anthromes, or classification zones of anthropogenically-modified landscapes. Curator Dan Handel presents an excerpted exhibition on “wood” as a vital element of forest mythology and the driver of industrial resource management. Media designer and data curator Yanni Alexander Loukissas adds a series of reflections on botanical metadata from Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. An original typography of tree forms from artist Katie Holten’s tree alphabet reconnects the paper of the book page to its forest genealogy. Brazilian architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares contributes an annotated visual composition on Amazonian human rights violations and indigenous struggle, highlighting the hybrid literacies required by resistance movements fighting illegal logging and plantations. Shannon Lee Castleman also addresses illegal logging in her photo essay on the incremental harvesting practices in the diminished tropical forests of Indonesia, while Italian landscape architect Sandra Bartoli offers a little known history of the ancient trees of the urban forest known as the Berlin Tiergarten. Columbian elder and shaman Abel Rodriguez contributes an interview with the Tropen Bos International Colombia forest conservation group, alongside a series of his drawings of medicinal plants used for botanical conservation efforts. Finally, the book includes an excerpt of Ursula K. Le Guin’s original text.

intercalations: a paginated exhibition series is published in cooperation with K. Verlag.

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