The Whole Life: Archives and Reality

Archive  Viewing

An unrealized draft for a work from Robert Barry, a motorbike developed by the designer Philippe Starck, texts and publications from the group ZERO: The Archiv der Avantgarden consists of artistic works and drafts, letters, photographs, and everyday and design objects from the 20th century. Amongst its holdings, it includes collections of Bauhaus objects, photographic records of the Fluxus movement, documents of the Polish Futurists, and magazines from the international labour movement.

Nine artists research and work through their own strategies, methods, and questions along the narratives of the Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) opening up individual perspectives on the collection. In their works, many of which have been specially conceived for the Archive Viewing, they place materials from the archive in installative, filmic, and performative dialogue. A week-long program of readings, lectures, and guided tours offers further thematic insights into the extensive collection.

With works by Yane Calovski, Assaf Gruber, Gabi Ngcobo, Olaf Nicolai, Meg Stuart, Mathilde ter Heijne, Clarissa Thieme & Tanja Krone, Ala Younis