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Edited by Markus Miessen
and Yann Chateigné.
Graphic design: Jonas Fechner and Lisa Naujack.
Published with Karlsruhe University of Art and Design and the HEAD Genève.
published in June 2016
15 x 22 cm (softcover)
736 pages (30 color & 270 b/w ill.)
This applied research project and publication deals with archival practice
and its spatial repercussions
. Inquiring whether any accumulation and organization of knowledge is productive—to the effect that it generates a narrative and / or history—the project focuses specifically on archives becoming productive due to their spatial framework.
What are the processes that enable archives to become productive? Conventional archives tend to be defined through the content-specific accumulation of material, which conforms to an existing order or narrative. They rarely transform their structure. In contrast to this model of archival practice and preservation, the conflictual archive has an open framework in which it actively transforms itself, allowing for the creation of new and surprising relationships. Illustrating how spaces of knowledge can be devised, developed, and designed, this archive reveals itself as a space in which documents and testimonies open up a stage for productive dispute and struggle. Exploring nontraditional archives, such as those of Harald Szeemann
, Hans Ulrich Obrist
, Sitterwerk, and the publishing house Merve, The Archive as a Productive Space of Conflict
offers new perspectives on archival practice, interrogating whether archives need spatial permanence, and, if so, which design framework should be applied for the archive to take on more than a singular form of existence. The research project is a collaboration between the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design and the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD Genève).
Contributions by Philippe Artières, Stuart Bailey
, Bassam El Baroni, Thomas Bayrle, Jeremy Beaudry, Beatrice von Bismarck, BLESS
, Boris Charmatz
, Beatriz Colomina
, Céline Condorelli
, Mathieu Copeland, Dexter Sinister
, Michel Giroud
, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Grima, Nav Haq, Sandi Hilal
, Nikolaus Hirsch
, Thomas Jefferson, Christoph Keller
, Christophe Kihm, Alexander Kluge, Joachim Koester
, Franck Leibovici, Armin Linke
, Markus Miessen
, Julia Moritz, Rabih Mroué
, Hans Ulrich Obrist
, Seth Price
, Walid Raad, Alice Rawsthorn, Patricia Reed, David Reinfurt, Claire de Ribaupierre, Eyal Weizman