Ever Archive

The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist
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12 NOV 2021 - 15 AUG 2022
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By Joseph Grigely

Por Joseph Grigely

Arquivo perpétuo: As publicações e os projetos editoriais de Hans Ulrich Obrist é uma exposição dedicada ao arquivo de publicações do curador Hans Ulrich Obrist, atualmente diretor artístico das Serpentine Galleries em Londres.

Desde 1991, ano em que organizou a sua primeira mostra — The Kitchen Show — no seu apartamento em St. Gallen, na Suíça, Obrist comissariou mais de 350 exposições e entrevistou mais de um milhar de personalidades, entre elas artistas, cientistas, cineastas, historiadores. Desta prolífica atividade resultou um arquivo de milhares de publicações e documentos, incluindo ensaios, livros, transcrições e documentação efémera de exposições e exposições apresentadas sob a forma de publicações, assim como desenhos, fotografias e documentação em vídeo.

 

O tema abrangente da exposição inclui uma análise dos documentos de um arquivo enquanto nós de uma rede de relações humanas. Neste sentido, um arquivo não é uma mera recoleção de documentos ou uma inventariação da história da sua publicação, mas sim um conjunto de informação que sublinha as pessoas, as ideias e os projetos culturais que contribuíram para a sua materialização. Arquivos são essencialmente conhecimento latente: fornecem, a cada geração subsequente, respostas para perguntas que ainda não foram formuladas. Arquivo perpétuo constituiu-se como uma forma de mostrar como os materiais do arquivo refletem a prática curatorial de Obrist, que consiste em criar ligações entre pessoas, disciplinas, espaços de exposição e continentes — uma prática sustentada de hifenização cultural.

 

Com a cooperação de Obrist, Joseph Grigely tem vindo a compilar este arquivo desde 1997, tratando-o simultaneamente como arte e como fonte de erudição. Enquanto parte da sua atividade letiva na School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grigely organizou aulas que se baseiam em projetos para abordar aspetos específicos do arquivo. Nos últimos sete anos, mais de cinquenta estudantes participaram no desenvolvimento do arquivo. Contribuíram para a conceção de: um guia de estilos para a bibliografia; a indexação de documentos numa base de dados bibliográfica; e a produção de publicações, incluindo um Guia da Visita ao Arquivo Hans Ulrich Obrist; e produziram mais de quinze exposições em vitrinas, baseadas nos materiais do arquivo.

Em Ways of Curating (2014) Obrist escreveu: “Uma exposição tem de criar uma vida própria.” Arquivo perpétuo é uma exposição onde acontece exatamente isso: decorre por um período de oito meses, e em cada mês novos materiais são acrescentados à mostra, como uma série de capítulos que se vai desenvolvendo.

A exposição também inclui uma história do próprio arquivo — fundamentalmente, um arquivo do arquivo — que documenta a forma como este foi mudando ao longo do tempo relativamente ao contexto de ferramentas tecnológicas e conhecimento humano.

 

“Arquivo perpétuo: As publicações e os projetos editoriais de Hans Ulrich Obrist” organizada pela Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, sob a direção de Philippe Vergne, Director e Sónia Oliveira, Bibliotecária.

Concebida e comissariada pelo artista Joseph Grigely, com o apoio de Rachel Wang e Tess Davey, do assistente de Obrist, Max Shackleton, e de outros membros da equipa do Arquivo de Publicações Obrist.

EXHIBITION GUIDE


Ever Archive: The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist is an exhibition devoted to the Chicago-based publication archive of the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is Artistic Director at Serpentine Galleries in London. Since 1991, when he organised his first show — The Kitchen Show — in his apartment in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Obrist has curated over 400 exhibitions and interviewed over 1,000 individuals: artists, scientists, filmmakers, historians. This prolific activity has resulted in an archive of thousands of publications and documents, including essays, books, transcripts, exhibition ephemera and exhibitions presented as publications, as well as drawings, photos and video documentation.

 

The overarching theme of the exhibition involves exploring how the documents in an archive constitute nodes within a network of human relations. An archive in this respect is not merely a collection of documents or an enumeration of their publication history, but a diverse array of information that underscores the people, the ideas, and the cultural projects that contributed to their materialization. Archives are essentially latent knowledge; they provide, for each succeeding generation, answers to questions that have not yet been asked. Ever Archive evolved as a way of showing how the materials of the archive reflect upon Obrist’s curatorial practice of creating links between people, disciplines, venues, and continents — a sustained practice of cultural hyphenation.

 

With Obrist’s cooperation, Joseph Grigely has been compiling the archive since 1997, treating it as both art and as scholarship. As part of his teaching practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grigely has organised project-based classes to address specific aspects of the archive. Over fifty students have participated in developing the archive over the past seven years. They have contributed to compiling a style guide for the bibliography; indexing documents in a bibliographical database; producing publications, including a Visitor’s Guide to the Hans Ulrich Obrist Archive; and they have also produced over 15 vitrine exhibitions based on material in the archive.

In Ways of Curating (2014), Obrist wrote: “Exhibitions should develop a life of their own.” Ever Archive is an exhibition that does exactly this: it takes place over a period of eight months, with new material added to the exhibition each month, as a series of unfolding chapters.

The exhibition also includes a history of the archive itself — essentially, an archive of the archive — documenting the ways it has changed over time in relation to the context of technological resources and human knowledge.

 

Ever Archive: The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist is a project of the Serralves Foundation — Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, organized by Philippe Vergne, Director, and Sónia Oliveira, Librarian.

It was conceived and curated by the artist Joseph Grigely, with the support of Rachel Wang and Tess Davey, Obrist’s assistant Max Shackleton, and other members of the Hans Ulrich Obrist Publication Archive team.

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The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist

EXHIBITION GUIDE


Ever Archive: The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist is an exhibition devoted to the Chicago-based publication archive of the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is Artistic Director at Serpentine Galleries in London. Since 1991, when he organised his first show — The Kitchen Show — in his apartment in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Obrist has curated over 400 exhibitions and interviewed over 1,000 individuals: artists, scientists, filmmakers, historians. This prolific activity has resulted in an archive of thousands of publications and documents, including essays, books, transcripts, exhibition ephemera and exhibitions presented as publications, as well as drawings, photos and video documentation.

 

The overarching theme of the exhibition involves exploring how the documents in an archive constitute nodes within a network of human relations. An archive in this respect is not merely a collection of documents or an enumeration of their publication history, but a diverse array of information that underscores the people, the ideas, and the cultural projects that contributed to their materialization. Archives are essentially latent knowledge; they provide, for each succeeding generation, answers to questions that have not yet been asked. Ever Archive evolved as a way of showing how the materials of the archive reflect upon Obrist’s curatorial practice of creating links between people, disciplines, venues, and continents — a sustained practice of cultural hyphenation.

 

With Obrist’s cooperation, Joseph Grigely has been compiling the archive since 1997, treating it as both art and as scholarship. As part of his teaching practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grigely has organised project-based classes to address specific aspects of the archive. Over fifty students have participated in developing the archive over the past seven years. They have contributed to compiling a style guide for the bibliography; indexing documents in a bibliographical database; producing publications, including a Visitor’s Guide to the Hans Ulrich Obrist Archive; and they have also produced over 15 vitrine exhibitions based on material in the archive.

In Ways of Curating (2014), Obrist wrote: “Exhibitions should develop a life of their own.” Ever Archive is an exhibition that does exactly this: it takes place over a period of eight months, with new material added to the exhibition each month, as a series of unfolding chapters.

The exhibition also includes a history of the archive itself — essentially, an archive of the archive — documenting the ways it has changed over time in relation to the context of technological resources and human knowledge.

 

Ever Archive: The Publications and Publication Projects of Hans Ulrich Obrist is a project of the Serralves Foundation — Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, organized by Philippe Vergne, Director, and Sónia Oliveira, Librarian.

It was conceived and curated by the artist Joseph Grigely, with the support of Rachel Wang and Tess Davey, Obrist’s assistant Max Shackleton, and other members of the Hans Ulrich Obrist Publication Archive team.