Issue 4/2012

Living in the Archive

References to archives are a pronounced influence on contemporary artistic production. Such links back to the past come into play in a host of different ways – approaching historical references through the prism of reconstruction or transformation, inscribing these into particular genealogies, or explicitly opting to work on material from previously inaccessible or overlooked archives. It could well be claimed that archive work has become an essential prerequisite for contemporary creation, whilst at the same time constituting the most significant constraint upon such production. For »Living in the Archive«, to cite the title of this edition, is highly ambiguous. This is not merely because the constantly growling conglomerate of archives, for which no-one has an all-encompassing map any longer, is a shifting framework, within which our un... » read more


Net section

Digital world classes
On new interpretations of the »digital divide« and gradually emerging competition for the English language
Vera Tollmann

Media on media
On the topicality of Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin’s theses
Dietrich Heißenbüttel

Post-print work
Post-digital publishing – between paper and pixel
Franz Thalmair

Facebook Art
Barış Acar

A Rat Becomes the Unit of Currency
»Cosmopolis« and the Logic of Late Capitalism
Amir Vodka

»Surveillance Chess«
An Action by the Zurich !Media Group Bitnik
Felix Stalder


Living in the Archive

Between critique and nostalgia
An interview with Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez about the rampant »mal d’archive«
J. Emil Sennewald

»How the Work is Done« (2011)
Agnieszka Polska

Theoretically Chinese
On the Speculative Archiving of »Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters«
Simon Sheikh

The history of the panafrican culture festival and the difficulty of its archiving
Cédric Vincent

Art as Proposition
On the issue of the archive in the works of the Peruvian artist Teresa Burga
Nanna Lüth

Realist Socialism
Non-aligned modernism in ex-Yugoslavia is being both archived and activated — or reconciled with the »wild« reality of Belgrade
Jochen Becker

Yvonne Rainer/Monika Bernold

Why does bourgeois society have such an urgent need for political art? Why now? And in which form?
A tour of Manifesta 9, dOCUMENTA (13) and the 7th Berlin Biennale
Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann



Christoph Draeger »A drift«
Stefanie Hoch

»Hungry City – Landwirtschaft und Essen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst«
Sabine Rohlf

Margaret Harrison »Preoccupy«
Michael Hauffen

2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art
Hedwig Saxenhuber

Kaucyila Brooke »Do You Want Me To Draw You A Diagram?«
Quinn Latimer

Sergej Bratkow »Chapiteau Moscow«
Herwig G. Höller

»Geschichten im Konflikt«
Kerstin Stakemeier

»When it Stops Dripping from the Ceiling (An Exhibition That Thinks About Edification)«
Monika Vykoukal

Morgan Fisher »The Frame and Beyond«
Christian Höller

»Reflecting Fashion – Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne«
Carola Platzek

Simon Starling in Kollaboration mit Superflex »Reprototypen, Triangulationen und Testverfahren«
Su-Ran Sichling

Geometrien des Zufalls – visionäre Bildarchitekturen
Roland Schöny



Maria Theresia Litschauer:
Architekturen des Nationalsozialismus
Nina Schedlmayer

Thomas Flierl (Hg.):
Matthias Dusini

Martin Beck (Hg.):
The Aspen Complex
Yuki Higashino

Tonto Comics :
Martin Reiterer

Sandra Bartoli, Ulrike Feser, Silvan Linden, Florian Wüst:
la zona
Michael Hauffen