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Sharing the Archive: Recycling as Cultural Practice
Archives have long since ceased to serve merely to preserve documents and materials in order to facilitate historical research.
In contrast to this traditional understanding, the idea of the sharing and producing archive has recently spread – especially in the field of dance and performance, and increasingly due to the growing importance of digital environments. Its work goes far beyond the preservation and accessibility of documents, and at the same time consists in the linking and mediation of the knowledge contained therein, which requires constant (re)contextualization. The appropriation of the archival as an artistic practice, which can be as physical as the repetition of a movement or the recollection of intense sensory impressions, goes even further.
Given these tendencies, which are accelerated in the current limitation to digital communication, the question arises to what extent archives, institutions, and practices of preservation can be expanded with impulses of communication, sharing, and recycling.
This will be the topic of an open roundtable discussion with all who are interested in the topic and who are hereby cordially invited to participate!
- Film and interview documentary on the revival of the play “Vertanzt” (2011) by Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (DE)
- Podcasts – The Tischgesellschafter:innen introduce themselves and their project.
- How does repetition work? In the form of an audio walk, the collective fachbetrieb rita grechen leads the digital visitors of the Tischgesellschaft through solo paths of remembering and repeating.
To explore the economies and principles of sustainability and sharing from an artistic point of view, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft has been organizing a multi-part table society with HELLERAU -European Center for the Arts since 22.1.2021, which focuses on re-performance and opens the dialogue between national artists:inside, sociologists:inside, philosophers:inside, archivists:inside and spectators:inside.
How does re-performance work? In the spirit of sustainability as a repeating and passing-on practice, Tischgesellschaftler:innen invites you to join their multi-part online program: Through April 3, 2021, they are hosting audience:in conversations in the form of speaking engagements, recording their own discussions, putting them up for disposition, and interrogating the resources of art. To what extent are they reusable? What is the function of waste in art? What produces repetition? What does re-performance have to do with sustainability? For whom does one perform something again?
For the opening of her table society “Wieder da!” in January 2021, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (who is more known for her choreographies at HELLERAU), opened the discourse of artistic sustainability with her own re-performance process of her piece “Vertanzt”, once premiered in Hamburg in 2011. In a film documentary, as well as numerous interviews, she shared her work process of reappropriation and recontactualization, which lasted several weeks, with the visitors of the Tischgesellschaft “Wieder da!”.
Since the “Wieder da!” table society members cannot meet at HELLERAU or elsewhere due to the pandemic, they have shifted their exchange to the digital and share their discourses and practices online. They share their approaches to the topic of recycling with digital viewers, gradually uploading various podcasts, videos, and audio talks and organizing consultation hours to share questions live in smaller groups, depending on their expertise.
Participating in the table company “Back again!” are:
Antje Pfundtner in company (Anne Kersting, Jana Lüthje, Hannah Melder, Antje Pfundtner), Christina Ciupke (performer and choreographer), Henning Fülle (dramaturge, cultural researcher, founder of “Performing the archive”), Adrienne Goehler (theorist, publicist, curator and initiator of the traveling exhibition on expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability “RECOMMENDED FOR IMITATION! “), fachbetrieb rita grechen (interdisciplinary artistic collective), the HELLERAU team, Michael Hirsch (philosopher, political scientist, art theorist and author), Andrea Keiz (video artist and documentarian), Konglomerat e.V. (practitioners of sustainable development), Christiane Kühl (journalist and theater maker), Barbara Lubich (freelance filmmaker), Fabrice Mazliah (dancer and choreographer), Michael Müller (artistic director of Theaterdiscounter Berlin), Patrick Primavesi (Prof. for Theater Studies Leipzig and Director of the Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V.), Anke Strauß (Organizational Sociologist and Head of MA Strategic Sustainability Management Eberswalde), Anna Till (Freelance Dancer and Choreographer), Katharina von Wilcke (Cultural Manager and Curator).