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.
 
Encircling the Image of Trauma
2020
English edition
This book tiptoes between aesthetics and ethics; it proposes to rethink trauma in its necessity as well as impossibility to be represented and understood.
Streams of Consciousness
2020
bilingual edition (English / French)
Catalogue conceived for the 12th Edition of the Bamako Encounters, the principal event dedicated to contemporary photography and new imagery in Africa.
Earthrise - Ecological Visions on Both Sides of the Wall
2020
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This catalogue investigates the genealogy of the relationship between art and ecology in Europe, introducing a series of pioneering research conducted on both sides of the Iron Curtain in the 1970s.
Rehearsing Hospitalities - Companion 1
2020
English edition
A series of essays and visual contributions critically reflecting on the current structures of knowledge within the art world.
I Will Draw a Map of What You Never See - Endeavours in Rhythmanalysis
2020
English edition
A multidisciplinary investigation of the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture and urban planning through and beyond Henri Lefebvre's concept of Rhythmanalysis.
Warren Neidich - The Glossary of Cognitive Activism - (For a Not So Distant Future)
2020
English edition
A dictionary designed as a tool for analysis and resistance to the new realities of neurocapitalism. With 285 definitions stemming from the fields of political philosophy, media studies and neuroscience.
Courants de conscience - Une concaténation de “Dividus”
2020
French edition
Conceived for the 12th Edition of the Bamako Encounters this book captures thoughts and responses of writers, poets, and artists to the curators' proposition to think the practice of photography in Africa and its diaspora through the notion of the “stream of consciousness.”
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
Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the project A Collective Memory by Azin Feizabadi—a series of five narrative films—this publication features fictions by guest contributors who were asked to expand on their viewing experience of one of the films in the Collective Memory series.
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.
Bonaventure Soh Bejend Ndikung - Pamphlet 1 - Those who are dead are not ever gone – On the Maintenance of Supremacy, the Ethnological Museum
and the Intricacies of the Humboldt Forum
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.
 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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