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.
 
Untranslatable Terms of Cultural Practices - Shared Vocabulary
2021
English edition
A collective reflection on the richness of the untranslatable.
Laura Horelli - Changes in Direction - A Journal
2021
bilingual edition (English / German)
Changes in Direction – A Journal provides multivocal and transnational African-European statements to current decoloniality debates from different perspectives.
Igor Zabel - Inexplicable Presence (Curator’s Working Place)
2021
English edition
The posthumous catalogue of one of the most personal curatorial projects of Igor Zabel (1958-2005).
Stronger Than Bone - On Feminism(s)
2021
English edition
Stronger than Bone draws upon the embodied strength, intuitive desires, and collective wisdom of feminists and non-binary protagonists to foreground the manifold dimensions of feminist politics and commitments.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - The Delusions of Care
2021
English edition
The misappropriated notion of care and the paths for its rehabilitation.
How Does The World Breathe Now? - Film as Witness, Archive, and Political Tool
2021
English edition
How film may be a constructive tool to examine the state of the world and its cruelties, and how to form a more stable and supportive culture of film production and distribution.
Whose Land Have I Lit on Now? - Contemplations on the Notions of Hospitality
2021
English edition
A curatorial project about concepts of hospitality and the triggers of hostility in hospitality.
Ultrasanity - On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiatry, and Resistance
2021
English edition
A curatorial and research project that aims to move beyond insanity as the opposite of sanity, and imagine a space beyond what is understood as sane, i.e. ultrasanity—not a romanticization of madness or mental illness, but an effort to reconsider and challenge the notion of madness and the stigmas labelled on the so-called mad.
Julius Eastman - We Have Delivered Ourselves From the Tonal - Of, Towards, On, For Julius Eastman
2021
English edition
A collection of essays, librettos, lyrics, memories, photos, personal anecdotes by musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivers that pays homage to the work and life of African-American composer, musician, performer, activist Julius Eastman.
Med Hondo - 1970—2018 - Interviews with Med Hondo
2020
English edition
Seventeen interviews conducted with Med Hondo over a period of almost half a century, most of the interviews originally published in French were translated into English.
Ian Kiaer - Endnote, tooth
2020
English edition
Ian Kiaer's new monograph is based on a project that the artist began several years ago and whose configuration changes with the circumstances. Drawing on the notion of marginal endnotes in books, it references the utopian concepts of the Austrian American architect Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965).
Beyond Repair
2020
English edition
The account of a collective study around the question of the irreversibility of the damage caused by extractivism and accumulation for common spaces and living conditions, in their political, social and aesthetic dimensions.
Nicoline van Harskamp - My Name is Language
2020
English edition
This publication explores the key tenets of artist Nicoline van Harskamp's research and practice, such as the contemporary use and modification of languages, a treatment of names as spoken language rather than spelled identity markers, and the practice of self-naming.
Not Working
2020
bilingual edition (English / German)
The interdependence of artistic production and social class.
Rehearsing Hospitalities - Companion 2
2020
English edition
A series of essays and visual contributions critically reflecting on the current structures of knowledge within the art world.
Jane Jin Kaisen - Community of Parting
2020
English edition
Reference monograph: the most comprehensive introduction to the Korean artist's postcolonial and feminist approach.
Clemens von Wedemeyer - The Illusion of a Crowd
2020
English edition
Publication including the films Transformation Scenario, 70.001, and Faux Terrain, as well as a visual essay, a glossary and texts by Heike Geißler, Fanni Fetzer, and Franciska Zólyom.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - In a While or Two We Will Find the Tone - Essays and Proposals, Curatorial Concepts, and Critiques
2020
English edition
This collection of writings from Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung presents, for the first time in one volume, essays and proposals edited anew.
Uriel Orlow - Conversing With Leaves
2020
bilingual edition (English / German)
Of plants and men.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - Pamphlet 1 - Ceux qui sont morts ne sont jamais partis – La préservation de la suprématie, du Musée ethnologique et les complexités du Forum Humboldt
2020
French edition
A post-colonial pamphlet on the ethnological museums of Europe, primarily the upcoming Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
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.
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