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“No Such Archive Exists”

Summer Mondays at e-flux

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Sebastian Tedesco, Enigma, 2014. Unrealized project submitted to the Agency of Unrealized Projects' website.


With Susan Howe, Tan Lin and Rita Sobral Campos

E Village / LES

e-flux | 311 East Broadway

Every Monday evening from July 28 to August 25, e-flux will host a series of live presentations on themes loosely based on the archive of the Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP), a project initiated by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery, devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, and Julia Peyton-Jones.

Come join us for a drink this summer in celebrating the semi-productive, unproductive, and the failed with the following invited artists: Camel Collective, Rita Sobral Campos, Tyler Coburn, Casey Jane Ellison, Tamar Ettun & The Moving Company with Tamar Muskal, Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.)—Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton, Susan Howe, Tan Lin, Nuno da Luz, Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech), Liz Rywelski, Caroline Woolard, and more to be announced.

For more information or to subscribe to our local mailing list, contact magdalena@e-flux.com and check this page for updates. Summer Mondays at e-flux is organized by the e-flux staff.

On the Agency of Unrealized Projects
Unlike unrealized architectural projects, which are frequently exhibited and circulated, unrealized artworks tend to remain unnoticed or little-known. But perhaps there is another form of artistic agency in the partial expression, the incomplete idea, the projection of a mere intention? The Agency of Unrealized Projects seeks to document and display these works, in this way charting the terrain of a contingent future.

For the occasion, AUP’s online archive has also expanded its collection to include new (unrealized) submissions by Stijn Ank, Bastiaan Arler, Nicolas Barrette, Maximillian George, Jochen Gerz, Cecilia Guida and 42 Contributors, Nicky Hamlyn, Maymay Jumsai, Maria Karachristou, Miklos Legrady, Joel Leibowitz, Allison Malinsky, Claire Manning, Ingrind Mayhofer, Alex McKenzie, John Kenneth Melvin, Jugoslav Mitevski, Viiic Keer Ossttappph, Douglas Park, Jonathan Parsons, Daniel Castellano Reyes, Gabriel Rico, Anja Christine Ross, Lisa Rovner, Frances Scholz, Sean Scully, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Logan Sisley, Scott Sorli, Sarah Steiner, Youssef Tabti, Sebastian Tedesco, and Carolyn Wirth.

“No Such Archive Exists”
Monday, July 28
7:30pm

Unrealized archives may range from collections of work that either are or may be hidden away, collections of so-called “useless” materials, archives that should but do not yet or cannot exist, and archives that for one reason or another have been destroyed. The evening questions what constitutes an archive and in what ways (or in what locations) systems of collected information may or may not be considered “realized.”

The evening begins with Susan Howe reading from her book Pierce-Arrow that generally concerns the checkered career and sad manuscript history of the philosopher and logician Charles Sanders Peirce. Images from the Peirce archives are a part of the reading.

Tan Lin will screen “The PdD Sound” and other videos, and talk about ephemeral and fragmentary reading practices inside the short and long archive. He will add a few comments on indexing, crawling, and reading as a search function.

Rita Sobral Campos will bring the evening’s presentations to a close by screening a group of 16mm short films from her most recent project, “Frederik.” This series follows the dealings of Frederik and the five Heresies that appear before her to defend their view of the Universe to its most minute detail. The narratives unfold in a labyrinth of plots that draw on philosophical and historical contexts, physics, neuroscience, and popular sci-fi. The works will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.

Conversation and drinks will follow.

Rita Sobral Campos works with primarily text-based projects that span across a wide range of media including film, photography, and sculpture. Her most recent project, Neon Medieval, was shown at Andreas Huber Gallery, Vienna. She has participated in Tournament d’objet, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2013); Sunday Sessions, MoMA PS1, New York (2012), Short Stories, Sculpture Center, New York; Poetic Things That are Political, Museu Chiado, Lisbon, (2011); and Dockanema Film Festival, Maputo (2010). Collaborations include Artists Reading with Isla Leaver-Yap (2012) andUNCLEHEAD with Alexandre Singh (2008).

Susan Howe is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and literary criticism. Her recent collection of poems, That This, won the Bollingen Prize. Her earlier critical study, My Emily Dickinson, was re-issued in 2007 with an introduction by Eliot Weinberger. She has collaborated with the musician/composer David Grubbs on Thiefth, Souls of the Labadie Tract, and Frolic Architecture. Howe held the Samuel P. Capen Chair in Poetry and the Humanities at the State University New York at Buffalo until her retirement in 2007. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and served as a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets between 2000 and 2006. In 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin, and was recently an artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Her word collages were exhibited in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Tan Lin is the author of over ten books, most recently of Heath Course Pak, Insominia and the Aunt, and Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking. He is the recipient of a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant, and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book on the writings of Andy Warhol. He is working on a sampled novel, Our Feelings Were Made By Hand. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at New Jersey City University.