Zines: wild recuperations. material from below / Artistic Research in the Archive of GDR-Opposition
Four zines have been created as contributions to wild recuperations. material from below. Artistic Research in the Archive of the GDR Opposition, 4.11. – 16.12.2018, in the Archive of the GDR Opposition and District Berlin, curated by Suza Husse and Elske Rosenfeld. They anticipate the forthcoming publication on the project, which will be published by Archive Books in 2019. All zines are available during the exhibition period in the archive of the GDR opposition and at District Berlin for a small donation.
Intimacy, transparency, urgency: A few days ago, there were miles between yesterday and today.
Elsa Westreicher is a graphic designer with a critical view on visual conventions and what deviating from them comes to mean. Her project in the archive of the GDR opposition proposes a “deep reading” of the graphic and material qualities as well as gestural inscriptions of some banners from the archive’s collection of objects. In her photographs, she traces the lines of contact between intimacies and public manifestations of protests: political demands are expressed on domestic textures – sheets and bed linen (which were often produced by forced labor in the GDR prison complex) that have been appropriated for this purpose. Their use – but also the time that has passed since then – has inscribed itself into the objects in the form of wrinkles, dirt, and abrasion.
Along the Silver Road
: a picture story illustrating radiant landscapes
Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet
In their zine Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet visit the landscapes and archives of the former uranium mining area of the Wismut AG in Saxony. Their contribution to wild recuperations. material from below is the prelude to their joint research on raw material mining and political environments, radiation and history.
unbearable together. a documentary mosaic
Script of the audio play by Ernest Ah, Sabrina Saase and Lee Stevens from the Raumerweiterungshalle collective (in German language, English translation available)
In the GDR, Raumerweiterungshallen (space expansion halls) were developed as utopian architectures. Mobile and telescopically expandable, they can be used for many purposes. During the student strikes in 2003, such a hall became the association space of the Selbstuniversität e.V. and has since been used as a self-organized project space. It is currently run by a group of nine people who focus on queer feminist content and methods.
During their research in the archives, Ernest Ah, Sabrina Saase and Lee Stevens have worked on a radio play dealing with lesbian and trans* realities, cultures and organizations in the GDR and their continuations until today.
A / (My) history of violence: an autobiographical experiment
Kai Ziegner (in German language)
Based on these experiences of growing up during the collapse of the GDR, the upheavals of 1989/90 and the post-reunification period, Kai Ziegner explores the biographical-historical performance of violent situations. In his contribution to wild recuperations. material from below, the pictorial narrative focuses on confrontations in Plauen’s urban space from 1989 to 1993. It begins with the experience of the demonstration in 1989, which became the starting point for his research in the archive of the GDR opposition, and then looks at the forms of neo-Nazi violence, police violence, and counterviolence that inscribed themselves into public space, subjects, bodies, and collective memory.