The Whole Life: Archives and Reality


Against the background of the transformation of Egidio Marzona’s private collection into a public institution, the Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA), the international congress focuses on practices, technologies, and politics in and around the archive: In the spatial setting of a public archive viewing in the Lipsiusbau, scientists, archivists, curators, and artists discuss archival methods, propose new possibilities for activating archive material, and analyze the politics and paradigms of current and future archives. Which experiential and memory spaces can archives and collections reflect, and which do they generate themselves? What is the relationship between archives and canonization processes and what technologies, labor structures, and social processes are part of archival practices? How can we imagine the concepts, narratives, and aesthetics of future archives?

With Marion Ackermann, Ali Atef, Beatrice von Bismarck, Graciela Carnevale, Filipa César, Lynnée Denise, Ismael Dia, Assaf Gruber, Sarah E. James, Egidio Marzona, Doreen Mende, Gloria Meynen, Thokozani Mhlambi, Bonaventure S. B. Ndikung, Olaf Nicolai, Sneha Ragavan, Marcelo Rezende, Daniel Rosenberg, Tamer El Said, Bernd Scherer, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Nora Sternfeld, Ann Stoler, Sven Spieker, Ricardo Viviani, Marc Wagenbach and Vadim Zakharov