The Future Archive

The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, in collaboration with MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Cambridge, presents The Future Archive, an exhibit taking place over the summer of 2012 at n.b.k.

The exhibition project The Future Archive picks up on artistic research projects of the 1970s and 1980s from the environment of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), founded in 1967 by György Kepes and located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge / USA. It shows how artists, architects and designers respond to this in their current interdisciplinary work. The groundbreaking artistic approaches of CAVS directors, György Kepes and Otto Piene, and CAVS fellows, a generation influenced by the Bauhaus and postwar Modernism, were ahead of their time. Even today, these radical ideas and collective projects of the so-called Techno-Social Movement serve as point of departure for contemporary art production. In addition to historical and current documentary material from the CAVS and its surroundings, the exhibition brings together recent artistic and creative works. Parallel to this, video films by CAVS professors and fellows from n.b.k.’s collection Video-Forum are on view.

Projects and contributions by: Maryanne Amacher, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Muriel Cooper, Olafur Eliasson, Florian Hecker, György Kepes, Richard Leacock/ Jon Rubin, Marvin Minsky, Amanda Moore, Otto Piene, Micah Silver / Robert The, Aldo Tambellini, Urbonas Studio/ Nader Tehrani NADAAA, Markus Weisbeck.

The Future Archive is an open-ended project, and is curated by Ute Meta Bauer with the assistance of Sophie Goltz (n.b.k.), Susanne Husse (Berlin), Amanda Moore and Matthew Christensen (MIT).

Book series n.b.k. Berlin
On the occassion of the exhibition, the publication Ute Meta Bauer. Kuratorische Praxis. Interviews und Gespräche (Curatorial Practice. Interviews and Conversations) will be published in German by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Cologne.


Opening: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7 pm

Welcome: Marius Babias
(Direktor / Director n.b.k.)
Introduction: Prof. Ute Meta Bauer
(MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology)
followed by
Performance Becoming Archive by Amanda Moore
(Artist, ACT Alumna, Cambridge / USA)

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Archival Practices
Conversation with Prof. Caroline A. Jones (Art History, MIT, Cambridge / USA), Prof. Sven Spieker (History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara / USA), moderated by Sophie Goltz
(Curator n.b.k.)
Language: English


Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Displays and Navigations
Exhibition talk with Luis Berríos-Negrón (Architect, MIT Alumni, Berlin), Eric Ellingsen (Co-director, Institut für Raumexperimente / UdK Berlin)
Language: English


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Conversation with Prof. Bernd Kracke (President, HfG Offenbach, CAVS Alumnus), Prof. Antoni Muntadas (Art and Public Sphere, MIT, Cambridge, CAVS Fellow), moderated by Prof. Ute Meta Bauer (MIT, Cambridge)
Language: English


Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Displays and Navigations
Exhibtion talk with Prof. Markus Weisbeck (Graphic design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
Language: German


Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Archives and Art History
Prof. Alexander Alberro (Art History, Barnard College / Columbia University, New York / USA)
Language: English


Sunday, July 29, 2012
6 pm Exhibition talk with Ute Meta Bauer
(Curator The Future Archive);
Language: English
8 pm Music-performance by Florian Hecker
(Artist, ACT Fellow, Vienna)
followed by
n.b.k. Summer Party

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Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is financed with funds from Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin with the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin—Senate Chancellery—Cultural Affairs.

The Future Archive is additionally funded by:
MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)
Schering Stiftung


Medienpartner / Media partners

Le monde diplomatique

Der Neue Berliner Kunstverein ist Kooperationspartner von / Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is partner of: ARTE CREATIVE

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  • times
    Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm
    Thursday 12 – 8 pm
  • cost
    Free and open to the public.

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