The Whole Life: Archives and Reality

2019, May 19 — 25 | Dresden

AdA - Archiv der Avantgarden | © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Photo: David Pinzer

AdA - Archiv der Avantgarden | © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Photo: David Pinzer

What can archives do for today’s society? How are historical realities translated into contemporary narratives? Can transformation be archived?

Archives are everywhere and always temporary. They reflect specific realities of different periods, while at the same time the knowledge of archives shapes our present reality in a profound way. Archives document emerging utopia and those which became reality, they testify to individuals, social networks and power relations. In doing so, they reflect and shape worldviews and at the same time preserve and shape our subjective perspectives. Archives embody more than a memory space of a society, for they constantly tell and reproduce knowledge constellations, social relationships, individual narratives and cultural structures of the present. Based on the Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the project examines the archive as a place of permanent preliminarity in archive viewings, workshops, an interdisciplinary congress and an international academy. It also asks how the archive and its objects are perceived by the transformations of the present and what this means for the structure of the archive, its users, its technologies and its forms of knowledge production.

More about the project

The Whole Life. Archives and Reality is a collaboration of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art / Archive außer sich, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Pina Bausch Foundation and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD). It is part of HKW´s project The New Alphabet , supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.

Archive viewing, congress, academy

May 19–25, 2019
Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

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