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SYNAPSE Workshop 2015 | June 30 – July 4, 2015

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

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. The series will gradually establish a compact library of its own by asking how the Anthropocene hypothesis urges us to rethink traditional fields of knowledge. Whereas each publication focuses on one distinct topic addressed by SYNAPSE collaborators, the series as a whole seeks to confront the entangled relationships of habitually made distinctions. When explored as “intercalations,” the so-called dialectic categories of nature and culture, human and non-human, subject and object, fact and fiction become transitional, layered narratives with permeable boundaries. Using archival and contemporary materials as well as visual and textual juxtaposition, intercalations is meant to act as an intensifier for curatorial thought and action; we aim to encourage and embolden modes of inquiry which provoke singular perspectives, develop matters of concern, and challenge dominant cultural dispositions.

Co-edited by SYNAPSE members Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, in association with Kirsten Einfeldt and Daniela Wolf, and designed by Katharina Tauer, the intercalations series will be published and distributed internationally by the Berlin-based press K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt as both printed matter and an open access publication on the internet. The collaborations fostered in the series will be further developed through international events to occasion additional institutional collaborations and meaningful participation in larger event structures such as art and architecture biennales and thematically related exhibitions.

Six issues are planned for 2015:

Vol. 1: Fantasies of the Library

Vol. 2: Land & Animal & Nonanimal

Vol. 3: Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago

Vol. 4: The Word For World Is Still Forest

Vol. 5: Expenditures in the Decapitated Economy

Vol. 6: These Birds of Temptation

intercalations: a paginated exhibition series is published in cooperation with K. Verlag and made possible by Schering Stiftung.

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