Archive (Francesca Boenzi, Paolo Caffoni, Chiara Figone, Ignas Petronis)

Archive is a platform for artistic and cultural research, debate and self-education. Archive has no formal structure: its members (designers, interns, editors, artists, translators, architects) practice no division of labor beyond the division of competences, no division of space beyond what is required by its use. Archive thus generates shifting and manifold assemblages of individuals-things-groups-exchanges. The stages of its productive cycle (the production of signs) are immediately evident in their social dimension: “creation always comes from further away than its authors”. How do these assemblages come together? The various movements of Archive's activities are strenghtened by their composing a network or a flow: Archive Assemblage (Books/Kabinett/Journal /Appendix). Archive Books & Journal see to the publication and distribution of research and materials. Archive Appendix is a design office investigating different modes of enunciation, interpreting design as a contraction of memory and attention. Archive Kabinett is where we meet and can be found; here our books can be read or bought. With our program of events we work on the conditions of enunciation and reception without assuming they can ever really be told apart. Cooperating in Archive's initiatives or following its events is all that is required to adhere to its project. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Archive Kabinett

Dieffenbachstraße 31.

10967 Berlin, Germany



Title: Inventory


Description: the Inventory is a representation of a research journey in the form of an archive of publications and printed matter. Starting from a central position in Europe (Berlin), the trip develops toward Eastern and Middle Eastern regions through cities like Poznan, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia and Istanbul, ultimately reaching Thessaloniki. In this journey we took into consideration the changes and movements currently taking place in Arabic countries and Greek regions, and saw their impact on cultural, economical, political and social structures as a possibility to question European cultural establishments and their “patriarchal” archives. The project tried to dig deep into the recent past of these regions and into their heritage, in order to record an inventory of anomalies, heresies, anarchism and feminism. What have we seen?


The resulting Inventory, built with the contribution of a diverse range of people involved with all aspects of the publishing production cycle (artists, archivists, collectors, journalists, designers, editors, schools, underground publishers, anarchist book fairs, feminist associations, distributors and printers), represents an act of exploration as well as a source of information for researchers. Both a temporary archive and a bookshop, the comprehensive collection thus established is displayed at the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale as a freely accessible curated library, whose materials are also available for purchase. Inventory includes books, magazines, booklets, posters, pamphlets, newspapers, archival material as well as video and audio documentation of our journey.


Inventory, 2011

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon