Fragile Archives



How to destabilize fixed representations of history? Transporting the past into the future and backwards, each of the selected films are focusing in different ways on temporal archives, which politicize and acknowledge the fluidity and instability of identities and spaces. In these queer visualizations of time, which are more fluent and fragile than traditional archives and ways of storytelling, the missing informations are their main content and focus. They include the personal as political, the micro to the macro-scale structure – intimacy, sexuality, feelings, anger and fear – to launch a projection that runs counter to dominant narratives.

In the workshop we are looking on excerpts of the book An Archive of Feelings by Ann Cvetkovich, in which she writes about so-called grassroots archives, which collect material and were first made publicly available in private flats: „The profoundly affective power of a useful archive, especially an archive of sexuality and gay and lesbian life, which must preserve and produce not just knowledge, but feelings.” Working with this theory, we want to look at materials from queer archives, e.g. Forum München Homosexualität München, a nonprofit organization collecting since 1999 materials from the gay and lesbian movement, in order to question the codifying of identity and the construction of history.

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The artist Philipp Gufler (* 1989) lives in Munich. His work spans a variety of media (prints, performances, video work, and more). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, the Academy of Design Karlsruhe, and the University of Amsterdam. His work has been shown at “Loop” in Barcelona, Kunstverein München, “Videonale15” at Kunstmuseum Bonn and in the galleries Françoise Heitsch in Munich and Sassa Trülzsch in Berlin. Since April 2013, Gufler has been conducting research in the archives of Forum Homosexualität München e.V. and since October 2014 he is part of the committee at Lothringer13Florida, an artist-run space by the city of Munich.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)