In collaboration with the Düsseldorfer artist Hans-Peter Feldmann and based on the archive of the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist the "Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg" developed an extensive exhibition project on the significance of archives in the field of contemporary art. The publication "Interarchive" presents an extension of the project in form of a book: a documentation of the different discussions related to this theme is given. The book focusses on the current discourse on practices of archives. The functions and chances of collections, museums or cultural archives under circumstances of globalisation and virtual media are discussed as well as the constitutions, modes of work and the potentials of memory.
The subdivision of the book in the three segments "Approches", "Perspectives" and "Interlinking" substantially, structurally and formally mirrors current important attempts of this discourse. The first segment refers to the exhibition, the second part aimes at opening up the practices of archives argueing with numerous text contributions by artists and scientists of various disciplines. The third part of the book offers an unique survey on art and culture archives of the last 25 years.
A series of conversations and reading groups bringing students and faculty at Brown University together with artists, researchers and professionals from a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, Archiving the Ephemeral is a valuable discursive space for researchers and practitioners concerned and critically engaged with the authoritative agency of the archive in the arts and humanities. More information [here].