• Archivalia: Archive Manifestations of Performative Spaces
    Armin Linke
    Merve Verlag, 2014
    Peter Hanappe, Bruno Latour & Armin Linke

Armin Linke, CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) headquarters at Foro Italico, originally built as Dux Benito Mussolini's gym (Enrico Del Debbio and Luigi Moretti, architects), 2008, Rome. Courtesy of the artist.

Archivalia evolves under the artistic direction of the Berlin-based photographer Armin Linke, in cooperation with the French sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour (Science Po, Paris), Peter Hanappe (CSL Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris), and publisher Tom Lamberty (Merve Verlag, Berlin). Working closely with architects, philosophers, and graphic designers, the project develops new ways of dealing with visual archives and spatial concepts. The nodal point of the project is a two-volume publication, which showcases different approaches to the archive and its central topic of capturing spatial uses and narrations. In subsequent steps, the publication will lead to the implementation of future projects, such as exhibitions. Thus, while the publication serves as documentation, it essentially aims at being an active and autonomous research tool. The volumes include: Photographic Field Study for AIME: An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence (Volume 1) and Phenotypes: Limited Forms (Volume 2).

Armin Linke lives and works in Milan and Berlin. Linke works with film and photography, combining different mediums to blur the border between fiction and reality. One of his main interests is an ongoing archive on human activity and its relationship to varied natural and manmade landscapes. His multimedia installation about the contemporary Alpine landscape was included at the 9th Venice Bienniale of Architecture and at the Graz Biennale on Media and Architecture. He is professor at the HfG Karlsruhe, and guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice, as well as research affiliate at the MIT Visual Arts Program. Noteworthy projects include the current exhibition Carlo Mollino: Maniera Moderna at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); as well as the film Future Archaeology (2010), shown at the 67th Venice Bienniale. Most recently, he cocurated the exhibition Double Bound Economies, which has shown in Leipzig and Geneva, and is now on display in Zurich. At the 13th Architecture Bienniale in Venice, he was represented by three projects.

Peter Hanappe studied electronic engineering at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He wrote his PhD thesis on real-time music and sound environments at Ircam (Centre George Pompidou, Paris). While researching at Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris, he worked on new modes of content creation and distribution before focusing on projects in the domain of sustainability. He was involved in setting up a collective system for monitoring noise in urban environments (NoiseTube) and in building critical components for large-scale climate simulations in collaboration with the UK’s Met Office. He has also developed technologies for minimizing energy usage in volunteer computation projects such as

Bruno Latour teaches at Sciences Po Paris and is vice-president of research for the same institution. Latour has been honored for his innovative theories, which bridge the fields of philosophy, science, anthropology, and politics. He is the author of numerous books dealing with scientific practice and the political philosophy of nature, including We Have Never Been Modern, 'Politics of Nature,' and 'Reassembling the Social'. Based on these ideas, he has cocurated two exhibitions with ZKM Karlsruhe, Iconoclash (2002) and Making Things Public (2005). The exhibitions are now regarded as a revolutionary way of linking art and science and have resulted in the recent creation at Sciences Po of both the "médialab" and a new postgraduate program in political arts. He has spent the past three years engaged in making this collaborative digital platform.

Merve Verlag is an independent publishing house which was founded in 1970 in Berlin, Germany. It became well-known in the 1980s for inexpensive translations into German of then-unknown authors like Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Michel de Certeau, Jacques Rancière, Gilles Deleuze, and Paul Virilio. Ever since, Merve has continued to publish books on philosophy, theories of art and architecture, politics, music, and more. Current publications include those by authors like Brian O'Doherty, Michel Serres, Giorgio Agamben, Friedrich von Borries, and Markus Miessen. Architectural theory remains a cornerstone in the house’s editorial program, including recent works like Bessere Zukunft? (A Better Future?), which accompanied the German selection for the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Merve's chief editor is Tom Lamberty, who has been closely involved in the creation and production of more than 100 books, since 2002.