Archival Sites of Speculation: Storying the Silence

Curated by Georgia Holz and Stephanie Misa

The exhibition Archival Sites of Speculation: Storying the Silence seeks to contribute to critical discussions on the archive as a space of artistic research and the experimental methods deployed in examining the convergent and divergent histories. It creates an experimental space within which methodologies of proximity and engagement with archives can be tested and divulged. The participating artists seek to negotiate the constitutive limits of the archive. The artworks make visible what is absent from documentation and refer to the gaps in the transmission of memory, testimony or kept historical material. With these methods, historical and archival research is combined with critical fabulation to make productive sense of gaps and silences within an archive.

Participants of the seminar Working the Archive especially contribute specific positionalities to the exhibition in relation to working with the archive of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) and other archives. This exhibition is a culmination the year-long research project Anonymity and Absence – Archival Sites of Speculation, supported by the Angewandte Programme for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Projects in Art and Research (INTRA), University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Thursday, January 11th, 7 p.m.
Gadaffi in Rome: The Expanded Script
Lecture-performance by Alessandra Ferrini

Saturday, January 20th, 2–5 p.m.
Let’s build our own acid-free archive!
Workshop by Tsai-Ju Wu
Max. 7 participants, free donation
Please register until January 15th via e-mail: tsaiju.w@gmail.com

Friday, February 9th, 3–6 p.m.
Archive of Gestures: Becoming In/visible
Workshop with Elske Rosenfeld & Olia Sosnovskaya

Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ), Maysedergasse 2/28, 1010 Vienna



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