, a new journal made by curators, for curators, focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns – encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. It is published by ARCHIVE BOOKS and will be distributed internationally, selling at major and specialty bookstores and newsstands.
will be published twice a year and will follow a strict editorial structure. In each issue, the Curators’ Favorites
section will present three texts in which three curators write a personal essay about an exhibition, contemporary or historic, that has particularly impacted their thinking, followed by Back in the Day
– an in-depth look at a historically important exhibition. In Assessments
, the core of the journal, four curators will review a significant contemporary exhibition, each from his or her individual point of view. Typologies
debates specific exhibition formats. Attitude
features a text by a member of the editorial board reflecting on the current state of exhibition making. In Rear Mirror
, two curators reflect upon exhibitions they have recently curated. And, finally, Endnote
, a brief remark on a notable aspect of curatorial practice. Every fourth issue will include a conversation between some of the contributors about past issues; in this way the journal offers a forum for self-reflexivity.
The launch of the first issue of The Exhibitionist
will be celebrated on February 11 at ARCHIVE KABINETT
in Berlin. Several of the contributors and members of the editorial board will be present; they will engage in a public conversation about the current state of exhibition making and the new wave of publications on the subject of curating. The speakers will include Jens Hoffmann, Chus Martínez, Tara McDowell
and Adriano Pedrosa
The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making
Editor: Jens Hoffmann
Senior Editor: Tara McDowell
Editorial Board: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Mary Jane Jacob, Constance Lewallen, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Jessica Morgan, Julian Myers, Paul O’Neill, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adriano Pedrosa, Dorothea von Hantelmann
Editorial Founders: Jens Hoffmann and Chiara Figone
is an independent publishing house committed to the development of a range of activities dedicated to contemporary cultural production. Its work explores and conveys art publications as a method to bring art practices into the public discussion. Archive Books aims to produce and distribute printed materials, allowing to create and maintain a dialogue between cultural research and the social sphere.
is a platform from where to experiment with formats and concepts related to the field of publishing. Its intent is to investigate art practices in the context of a wider cultural and social environment
Archive Kabinett’s agenda is focused on the shifting cultural values and distribution possibilities, aiming also to encourage a critical discussion around the function of an exhibition. From this starting point, it translates, organizes, and circulates critically invested materials.
Archive Kabinett is also the editorial office of Archive Books and Archive Journal. The design of its space is an ongoing collaboration project with the architectural practice nOffice, http://www.nOffice.eu
Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 Berlin
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