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SYNAPSE Workshop 2015 | June 30 – July 4, 2015


SYNAPSE 2013 – Videos

Keynote Jill Bennett

The SYNAPSE Workshop 2013 (April, 23-27) took place in the context of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s two-year-long program “The Anthropocene Project.” In spring 2013, eleven international curators met with renowned experts —artists, scientists, and exhibition makers— to discuss questions of curating…


SYNAPSE 2013 – Photo Gallery

Photo: Dante Busquets, 2013

Photo Gallery of SYNAPSE 2013



intercalations: a paginated exhibition series

Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61) | Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections

The intercalations: a paginated exhibition series is conceived by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin as a curatorial-editorial space to both host and critically reflect on the collaborations among members and affiliates of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network, while enabling explorations of the book as a form of exhibition architecture in relation to other aesthetic practices in the Anthropocene. In addition to its function as a vehicle to document the collaborations of the SYNAPSE network, this book-as-exhibition series aims to expand the discourse of curatorial knowledge production within a broader multidisciplinary field of research and experimentation…


intercalations 1: Fantasies of the Library

intercalations 1: Fantasies of the Library

… is a sequence of pages wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns, rather surprisingly—but with growing conviction—that the library is not only a curatorial space, but that its bibliological imaginary is also a fertile territory for the exploration of paginated affairs in the Anthropocene.


intercalations 2: Land & Animal & Nonanimal

intercalations 2_Land Animal Nonanimal_c_Anna-Sophie Springer

… is an ensemble which contends that the meaning of the Anthropocene is less a geological re-formation than it is trans-formation of both land and animal; once exposed to some of the parameters defining this transition, the reader-as-exhibition-viewer may begin to discern erratic rhythms generated by the creatures of nonconformity that inhabit, with their violence, struggles, and love the vast, machinic reality called Earth.