Archive Books

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.
 
Being Together Precedes Being
2019
English edition
A textbook for the project "The Kids Want Communism,"—a clandestine and public series of events marking the century of the Bolshevik Revolution. Contributions discuss the legacies and meaning of communism today.
Homecomings - 1, 2, 3, etc.
2019
English edition
What can it mean to return home? Inspired by author Georges Perec's Espèces d'espaces and artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson's House Project, this catalogue brings together international artists to investigate the various facets of coming home.
Azin Feizabadi - After Cinema - Fictions from A Collective Memory
2019
English edition
This book marks the ten-year anniversary of the project A Collective Memory by Azin Feizabadi. The project encompasses five narrative-driven films, alongside other artworks. Each film has its own urgency, approach, and point of departure. The films naturally vary in their subjects, they touch upon stories of migration, uprising, transformation, revolution, renewal, collapse, defeat, depression, and desire that connect the life of the artist with those around him. The research materials that have come up over the course of this project consist, on the one hand, of concrete historical events and, on the other hand, all the innumerable, fragmented personal memories spread between pats, presents, and futures that narrate every-changing stories of how things were, are, and may be.
How to translate the principles of such layered project into a publication? How to imagine through the films? What stories could be further told? What happens after leaving the cinema? Where does cinema begin and where does it end? After cinema collects narratives, each contributor to the publication was asked to watch one of the five films in A Collective Memory and to write a fiction in response. Or rather, a continuation of the story, a personal variation, a translation in the literal sense: a carrying over of the film into one's own language. In many ways, the artist wanted to let go of his films and see them anew through the eyes of others. Indeed, to whom belongs a film—to its author, its director, its cast and crew, its audiences, its critics? The films are showed in the book as images that flicker across the screen or the page, exploring how the stories of others intersect with them, together forming unexpected conversations.
Amongst the authors, both Rasha Salti and Shahab Fotouhi have composed screenplays in response, a decision that engages with the formal backbone of film itself. In doing so, a transformation has taken place: two very different films appear, in Salti's case a re-articulation of The Negotiation with a new set of characters and a dialogue that updates itself to address her personal, political concerns, while Fotouhi transposes the psychological abstraction in The Epic of the Lovers: Mafia, God and the Citizens to create concrete personalities that reflect the contemporary social and emotional tensions hә wishes to portray as a filmmaker. Jan Verwoert and Ashkan Sepahvand have both written short stories that subtly entangle their respective biographies with that of their fictional narrators. Having grown up in the Ruhr Valley where Cryptomnesia takes place, Verwoert's story takes the small-town, post-War humdrum that characterizes the area's cities to present us with an uncanny place, possibly in the after math of a disaster, where not much at all takes place beyond everyday routine—that is, until something does. For Sepahvand, the transposition from one body to the next that drives the narration of Uchronia allows him to imagine the story of a figure who may or may not be himself in another tịme and place. For Sarah Rifky, the dreamlike structure of The Conference of the Birds inspires her to suggest altogether different dates and settings within which words generate poetic images.
Running throughout the book, a text by Nanna Heidenreich poses questions and reflections on the role of media, memory, migration, belonging, and authorship, a conversational form that simultaneously expresses her critical perspective as an engaged viewer of film and her long-term familiarity with A Collective Memory.
Raphaël Grisey - Semer Somankidi Coura - Une archive générative
2019
French edition
This publication is the result of a research project led by artists Raphaël Grisey and Bouba Touré around the archives of the self-organized agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura, in Mali. A historical reflection on agricultural, archival, health, and migratory issues through a decolonial perspective.
Assaf Gruber - The Storyseller
2019
English edition
Monograph dedicated to the films of the Israeli artist Assaf Gruber. Articulated around eight conversations related to the films' production, this publication reflects an important theme in Gruber's work: what effects can art have on individuals far removed from the artistic field.
 Miracle Workers Collective - A Greater Miracle of Perception
2019
English edition (texts in English, Sami, Arabic, Spanish)
This catalogue explores how miracle making—making the impossible possible—is reflected in artistic practices today. It includes commissioned essays and poetry by the Miracle Workers Collective and writers close to the collective (catalogue of the exhibition at the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale).
Bonaventure Soh Bejend Ndikung - Pamphlet 1 - Those who are dead are not ever gone
2019
English edition
A post-colonial pamphlet on the ethnological museums of Europe, primarily the upcoming Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
 Raumlabor - Cantiere Barca
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Publication documenting a series of workshops involving Raumlabor, a Berlin-based group architects, and the youths of Barca, a neighbourhood in outskirts of Turin. The project, which advocates for the re-appropriation of the public space, saw the development of a series of inhabitable environmental installations.
Ines Schaber - Notes on Archives 2 - Culture Is Our Business
2019
English edition
The second in the series of publications "Notes on Archives" dedicated to archival practices, Culture is Our Business offers a comparative case study on the archival policies of a commercial agency and a non-profit independent organization through the example of a 1919 image by photographer Willy Römer.
Ines Schaber - Notes on Archives 4 - Dear Jadwa
2019
English edition
The fourth in the series of publications "Notes on Archives" dedicated to archival practices, Dear Jadwa draws on a photographic archive from the Wadi Ara Valley in Israel to reflect on how visual archives can shed light on forgotten stories.
Natascha Süder Happelmann - Ankersentrum - (surviving in the ruinous ruin)
2019
bilingual edition (English / German)
Comprised of a series of texts, drawings and photographs, this catalogue documents and expands on the multimedia installation by "Natascha Süder Happelmann" (Natascha Sadr Haghighian), an artistic reflection on ruinous space (catalogue of the German Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale).
Vangjush Vellahu - Fragments I - Where stories cut across the land
2019
English edition
This artist's book derives from a series of videos documenting the present situation of six unrecognized Republics on the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Vellahu collects the collective memories of people and lands which have been affected by years of war and by the politics of borders.
Ina Wudtke - The Fine Art of Living
2019
English edition
This monographs presents a decade of Wudtke's artistic work on gentrification in the city of Berlin.
Aneducation - Documenta 14
2018
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.
Bitter Things - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families
2018
English edition
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.
Romy Rüegger - Language is Skin - Scripts for Performances
2018
English edition
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.
The Struggle Is Not Over Yet - An Archive in Relation
2018
English edition
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.
Alex Martinis Roe - To Become Two - Propositions for Feminist Collective Practice
2018
English edition
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.
Daniela Comani - 1975 - Diario di strada / Diary from the Road
2018
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.
Gitte Villesen - I stick my hands into the earth, and I think for a while
2018
English edition
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.
Romana Schmalisch - Mobile Cinema
2018
English edition
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.
Proxy Politics - Power and Subversion in a Networked Age
2018
English edition
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.
The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism - Part Three
2018
English edition
The third volume of a collection of papers on cognitive capitalism in relation with the conditions of mind and brain in the Information Age.
The White Hunter - African Memories and Representations
2018
English edition
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.
Tyyne Claudia Pollmann - Tracelation
2018
English edition
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.