Filed under book | Tags: · archive, commons, history, human rights, imperialism, museum, photography, politics, sovereignty, strike, theory, violence
“A passionately urgent call for all of us to unlearn imperialism and repair the violent world we share
In this theoretical tour-de-force, renowned scholar Ariella Aïsha Azoulay calls on us to recognize the imperial foundations of knowledge and to refuse its strictures and its many violences.
Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history itself, are all dependent on imperial modes of thinking. Imperialism has segmented populations into differentially governed groups, continually emphasized the possibility of progress while it tries to destroy what came before, and voraciously seeks out the new by sealing the past away in dusty archival boxes and the glass vitrines of museums.
By practicing what she calls potential history, Azoulay argues that we can still refuse the original imperial violence that shattered communities, lives, and worlds, from native peoples in the Americas at the moment of conquest to the Congo ruled by Belgium’s brutal King Léopold II, from dispossessed Palestinians in 1948 to displaced refugees in our own day. In Potential History, Azoulay travels alongside historical companions—an old Palestinian man who refused to leave his village in 1948, an anonymous woman in war-ravaged Berlin, looted objects and documents torn from their worlds and now housed in archives and museums—to chart the ways imperialism has sought to order time, space, and politics.
Rather than looking for a new future, Azoulay calls upon us to rewind history and unlearn our imperial rights, to continue to refuse imperial violence by making present what was invented as ‘past’ and making the repair of torn worlds the substance of politics.”
Publisher Verso Books, London, 2019
ISBN 9781788735711, 1788735714
Interviews with author: Jadaliyya (2019), Brad Evans (LA Review of Books, 2020), Sabrina Alli (Guernica, 2020).
Reviews: Ian Wallace (Artforum, 2020), Guy Mannes-Abbott (Third Text, 2020), Louis Rogers (review31, 2020), Lunettes Rouges (Le Monde blog, 2020, FR, part 2).
Roundtable: Gil Hochberg, Zoé Samudzi, Joshua Simon, Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman (Protocols, 2020).
Filed under book | Tags: · contemporary art, museology, museum
“What is the museum’s role? What should be its functions and activities in today’s society? What other operational and organizational models could be proposed to help overcome the modernist position by which the museum, as a repository of artistic essences, can make a universal reality visible in an immanent way? To debate these questions, the Association of Contemporary Art Directors of Spain – ADACE – constituted as a forum for reflection and debate, held in Baeza a conference in which those responsible for Spain’s museums reflected, together with their foreign colleagues, as well as artists and thinkers, on these matters in an idea-sharing session. The results of this meeting are published in this book.”
Interventions by Manuel Asensi, Mieke Bal, John Beverley, Manuel Borja-Villel, Benjamin Buchloh, Gustavo Buntinx, Jean-François Chevrier, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Javier González de Durana, Beatriz Herráez, Paulo Herkenhoff, Martin Jay, Ana Longoni, Ute Meta Bauer, Simón Marchán, Antoni Muntadas, Juan de Nieves, Martha Rosler, Suely Rolnik, Yolanda Romero, René Schérer, Allan Sekula, Teresa Velázquez, and Santos Zunzunegui.
Edited by Cesar Antonio Molina, Manuel Borja-Villel, Yolanda Romero, et al.
Publisher ADACE (Asociación de Directores de Arte Contemporáneo de España), 2009
ISBN 9788479930745, 8479930748
Filed under magazine | Tags: · art, collecting, museum
“In its 18-month Play Van Abbe programme, the Van Abbemuseum embarked on an exploration into what the museum of the 21st century might be. During this time, the Van Abbemuseum aimed to destabilise the idea of a ‘permanent collection’, activating its dynamism via a series of interruptions, outside interpretations and inside re-presentations.
The Copyist – a title referring to both the act of transcribing certain events in real time but also the duplication of already published material – mimics the outside/inside tension of the Play programme. Using a dual structure of core and wrapper, the journal invited curators, artists, activists, researchers and writers to contribute a constellation of ideas at the core of Play Van Abbe.”
“The Exorcist zooms in on the issue of ‘negotiation’. Today we seem caught in more, geographically and technologically complex forms of negotiation. Next to this there seems an almost unprecedented faith in the virtue of inclusion and communication. The magazine opens with texts reflecting on the ‘failed’ experiment ‘Backbench’, part of the last edition of Manifesta. Furthermore texts of and interviews with Dorothea Seebode (Philips Research), Markus Miessen, Simon Marschall and Chora Architects, offer a rich panorama of thoughts that deal with issues from production to politics and technology, to the use of maps in process of negotiation.”
Edited by Diana Franssen (1), Annie Fletcher, Metahaven, Clare Butcher, Steven ten Thije, and Christiane Berndes
Publisher Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2010-2011
ISSN 2210-2604 (1), 2211-7679 (2)
47 pages each