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The Whole Life. Archives & Imaginaries

The Whole Life. Archives & Imaginaries reflects on archives as places for counter-narratives and illuminates the profound links between archives and society. In the exhibition, artists unfold their own strategies for dealing with archival material in eight installation-based case studies: Assaf Gruber’s docufictional film Transient Witness provides insight into a world-famous art collection from a dog’s perspective. Charlotte Eifler and Clarissa Thieme’s film installation ARCHIVAL GRID relates digital technologies, witnessing and coming to terms with war trauma in the former Yugoslavia. Tony Cokes extracts fragments from historical reports of explicit violence and makes it possible to experience what this means for the politics of memory today.

For the three-day congress, Charlotte Eifler and Clarissa Thieme have conceived Grid Memory with lectures, presentations and a panel that puts their artistic research for ARCHIVAL GRID in the context of other artistic and scientific positions.

When? Where?
24 March - 18 April 2022
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

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