Ars Viva 09/10 Geschichte
Published by Hate Cantz, Berlin, 2009, 144 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21.3 × 28.1 cm, German / English
Price: €24

Produced on the occasion of the 2009 ars viva prize for fine arts. Mariana Castillo Deball, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, and Dani Gal examine historical fragments, documents, and objects in a new light. The artists take on the roles of amateur archaeologists as they work with found objects and fragments; even though it is clear that all display an obvious interest in historical objects, instead of providing any sort of conclusion regarding history as a whole they play an associative game, which formally resembles Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas, while reflecting upon personal encounters with objects and places.

With texts by Jeronimo Voss, Cathy Lane, Raimundas Malasauskas, Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz.

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