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Archive Books (37 titles)
 

Berlin
Archive is a platform for cultural research and debate. It brings together activists and cultural practitioners in an adaptable and non-hierarchal structure with the aim to foster a unique space for discussion and exchange. Archive is engaged in a wide range of activities including publishing and exhibition making.
Archive Books produces readers, monographs and artists' books as well as journals focusing on contemporary cultural production.
 
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This publication features academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos which explores the impact of labor migration on the notion of motherhood from the perspectives of women migrant workers and children left-behind.

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Borrowing its title from an unfinished documentary film on post-independence Guinea-Bissau, this reader stems from a conference which brought together artists, writers and researchers to address issues related to the people's struggle for independence from Portuguese colonialism and subsequent nation building. The contributors also engage in a reflection on the experimental use of archives in their research.

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This publication offers a narrative of artist Alex Martinis Roe's research into a genealogy of feminist political practices in Europe and Australia from the seventies until today.

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The scripts of Romy Rüegger's performances: a constellation of texts, largely written to be spoken. The scripts as they are printed do not document the performances primarily. They are indications of spacial and temporal layering, juxtapositions of aesthetic and poetic elements and bodies. Overlapping every day observations with archival material, confronting, jumping.

bilingual edition (English / Greek)
This publication reflects on the education and mediation programs at documenta 14. Organized as a lexicon, it gathers contributions by members of the programs, curators, artists, and educators.

trilingual edition (English / Italian / German)
As a child in the 70's Daniela Comani travelled with her parents in their car where they used to past time jotting down the cars that drove by. 40 years later she found one of these old notebooks and researched photographs of the cars. The project now takes the form of this artist's book, which can be seen as an interesting social and historical study on style in the pre-globalized world and, above all, a kind of self-portrait.

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The proxy—an intermediary for requests from clients—has become an emblematic word in our networked age. Edited by the Research Center for Proxy Politics, this publication uses the term as a dialectical figure to examine today's post-democracies politics.

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The third volume of a collection of papers on cognitive capitalism in relation with the conditions of mind and brain in the Information Age.

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This catalogue is part of a project investigating the decentralization of the hegemonic and indisputable model of western artistic modernity in the current geo-political scenario. It attempts to reflect on the construction that the West has made of Africa through works from major collections on Italian colonial history, as well as from Fondation Cartier in Paris. It also includes texts from key postcolonial figures W. E. B. Du Bois, Édouard Glissant, and Léopold Sédar Senghor.

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Although the short-lived Brazilian cultural movement known as Tropicália is most commonly associated with music and the visual arts, its sense of playfulness and strategies of appropriation have stimulated many of the country's filmmakers from the 1960s to the present. This richly illustrated publication features essays, interviews, and manifestos with many key filmmakers and scholars reflecting on Tropicália's influence on Brazilian cinema.

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New technologies today make it possible to translate raw data into graphic representations. This action of translation has become essential in the era of big data. It forms the core of this publication, which presents the outcomes of an experiment conducted by conceptual artist Tyyne Claudia Pollmann at the Charite CrossOver Institute Berlin Mitte since 2013.

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This publication presents the outcomes of Romana Schmalisch's long-term project, the Mobile Cinema, an itinerant apparatus somewhere between urban model, cinema, and plate camera. The artist constructed the Mobile Cinema and used it to present films created during her travels, mobilizing film extracts and archive material.

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Publication gathering 49 posters representing photographs and film stills by the Danish artist. It also includes a booklet with comments by Villesen, and an essay by Joerg Franzbecker.

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A collective survey on the current conditions of art and culture in Central and Eastern Europe.

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An analysis of the posthumous interpretations of Brancusi's life and work, and of the political use of the Romanian sculptor as a nationalist figure.

bilingual edition (French / German)
The publication sheds light on the 20-year history of the presence of French artists in Germany through the voices of selected representatives of the German art scene (on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Bureau des arts plastiques in Berlin).

bilingual edition (English / German)
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A collection of essays that imagines the migration of cultural signs across borders, of body language as the inalienable signs we carry with us, even if they are the only luggage we are able to carry. By placing history alongside artistic mutations, Body luggage asks questions of how avant-garde forms transmit or are provoked.

bilingual edition (English / French)
First volume of a hors-series' collection focusing on the theory and practice of republishing and archiving.

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A collection of essays and interviews on the issue of curatorship in contemporary art with Pierre Restany, Zoran Kržišnik, Harald Szeemann, Daniel Buren, Charles Esche and Walter Benjamin.

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A textual and visual account of Schaerf's FM-Scenario, an inter-media project using the Internet as a production site for generating content for further media. The core of this project is a fictitious radio station, moderated by a computer program meant to guaranty his listener full freedom of speech.

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Anguish Language approaches language as a core aspect of the present social crisis. The project engages in solidarity with forms of self-publishing, poetry, criticism, experimental writing and declamation that have arisen in the wake of the 2007-8 financial crisis, considering language among and through the social struggles responding to its consequences.

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Five cinematic works examining how the artist approaches the relation of montage editing techniques with the concept of film and memorial and film as memorial.

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Summer Winter East West discusses Martin Beck's engagement with display not only as a tool of presentation but also as a form of communication—within and beyond the realm of the exhibition.

trilingual edition (English / German / Turkish)
Eser is a comprehensive publication on Judith Raum's works, installations and lecture performance texts from 2011 to 2014. It is also a theoretical reader and material collection on the semi-colonial advance of German entrepreneurs and bankers into the Ottoman Empire before World War I in connection with the construction of the Anatolian Railway.

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A textual rendering of fifteen films from 1997 to 2015, completed by authors' comments and introductory notes by Narkevičius himself.

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An anthology interrogating the concept of antropofagia in Brazilian thought and its philosophical, ecological, and cosmopolitical influence.

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An anthology surveying the relationship between artistic practices and documents.

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Drawing from a namesake installation, No More Sleep No More engages in a reflexion on the chronopolitics of sleep under neoliberalism.

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An embracive and well-documented overview of three works by Stan Douglas covering the emergence of political and multicultural emancipation projects during the Seventies, from Portugal's 1974 revolution and the end of colonialism, to the emergence of multicultural music such as jazz-rock, funk, disco, and afrobeat.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Firenze 77 tells the story of a number of artists who passed through Florence, and Villa Romana, between the second half of the 1970s and the early 1980s. This publication is a collection of heterogeneous, autonomous material—a series of notes, comments, book summaries and various kinds of devices.

bilingual edition (English / Italian)
An historical-critical recontextualization of the artist's figure with an important tool of documentation on his work from 1973 to 1979.

bilingual edition (English / French)
This book documents an installation by Eric Baudelaire revisiting the political and personal saga of the Japanese Red Army as an anabasys—an allegory of a journey that is both a wandering into the unknown and a return back home.

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The second volume of a collection of papers on cognitive capitalism in relation with the conditions of mind and brain in the Information Age.

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Built as a black-and-white film sequence, this first monograph dedicated to the artist includes preparatory sketches, unpublished pictures, critical essays and an interview retracing the artist's work, with a focus on a 2012 site-specific installation Before Night Falls at MAXXI.

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A collection of texts in which a number of art historians and other professionals reflect on the artists' practice.

bilingual edition (English / Portugese)
The first-ever monograph dedicated to the artist focuses on a project based on a research into the Portuguese railways, and also refers to a number of previous projects selected or especially created by Carla Filipe.

English edition
The first volume of a collection of papers on cognitive capitalism in relation with the conditions of mind and brain in the Information Age.