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Out now: *foundationClass – the book // Networks of Care. Politiken des (Er)haltens und (Ent)sorgens

Monday, 28 November 2022 — Thursday, 28 September 2023

*foundationClass – the book // Networks of Care. Politiken des (Er)haltens und (Ent)sorgens

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*foundationClass – the book // Networks of Care. Politiken des (Er)haltens und (Ent)sorgens

Two new releases in the publishing house of nGbK investigate alternative structures and practices in art institutions

In 2020, the collective *foundationClass produced an exhibition for the nGbK that, due to the pandemic, could only be shown online. Now, the resulting publication by the collective currently also present at documenta fifteen has come out. For the first time, this book brings together essays, image series, conversations, and experimental text formats from their work – in a multi-voiced volume that addresses, among other things, exclusion mechanisms and racism at art academies.

Also dedicated to a critique of institutional structures and to making polyphony a principle is the new nGbK publication Networks of Care. This reader is dedicated to challenges of archiving and working with documents of ephemeral or experimental artistic practice. From the Schwules Museum Berlin to the Old Boys Network, from the Erfurt women artists' group to the decentralized archive of the nGbK: here, reports and analyses are presented from different contexts of archiving, addressing a practice that always includes caring as well as discarding.

In 2016, *foundationClass was founded at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin as a platform and program to facilitate access to art academies for people who have immigrated to Germany and have been affected by racism. *foundationClass – the book is an attempt to capture 5 years of intense, versatile experiences and learning processes in image and writing and is addressed to those interested in critical art production and education. It critically questions the normative mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion within art schools: the polyphonic and multilingual contributions gathered here refer to concrete experiences within the institutions and show how essential a continued insistence on dispute is for the success of any critique of power. The project addresses potential accomplices who are also convinced that self-reflective critique of hegemony and domination must be a fundamental part of artistic teaching, of any cultural production, and a starting point for creating further alliances and forms of solidarization.

In 2021, the project Networks of Care offered a platform at the nGbK enabling an exchange of ideas and information between practitioners and experts concerning strategies for dealing with artistic estates, private and public archives, or idle collections of documents. A series of workshops served as a prelude to develop new strategies for the transmission of practical knowledge and to identify the need for specific long-term institutional structures. The texts in the resulting publication reflect the fact that practices of preserving and discarding are always also political and must be understood principally as unfinished processes of continuous selecting, deciding, translating, transferring, actualizing, and transforming. The publication concludes with a preliminary interim result and a proposal for next steps regarding these structural and cultural-political challenges. Accordingly, on the occasion of the new publication in May, Michaela Melián, Anna Schäffler, Annette Maechtel, Christine Henniger, and Christin Lahr came together in a panel moderated by Hanna Magauer to discuss the question: "What's next?"


*foundationClass – the book with contributions by Osamah Abouzor, Nelly Alfandari, Fadi AlJabour, Marwa AlMokbel, Ulf Aminde, Cana Bilir-Meier, Felipe Castelblanco, Linde Colden, Nuray Demir, Discoteca Flamingstar, Danja Erni, Josefine Gindorf, Christine Goutrié, Jiré Emine Gözen, Max Grau, Ayşe Güleç, Mohamad Halbouni, Nadira Husain, Ali Kaaf, Sandy Kaltenborn, Katharina Kersten, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Carmen Mörsch, Danae Nagel, Marina Naprushkina, Pedro Oliveira, Shanti Suki Osman, Krishan Rajapakshe, Can Mileva Rastovic, Miriam Schickler, Batoul Sedawi, Bahareh Sharifi, Hatef Soltani, Mariama Sow, Nora Sternfeld, Vera Varlamova, Wildfire.

Developed from the nGbK project *foundationClass from within the cracks, 12 December 2020–28 March 2021


Networks of Care with contributions by Dušan Barok, Nanne Buurman, Amalia Calderòn, Mela Dávila Freire, Annet Dekker, Lukas Fuchsgruber, Michael Hiltbrunner, Megan Hoetger, Bettina Knaup, Christin Lahr, Anne Luther, Katalin Krasznahorkai, Laurence Rassel, Peter Rehberg, Elske Rosenfeld, Friederike Schäfer, Anna Schäffler, Olga Schubert, Cornelia Sollfrank, Ingrid Wagner, Mark Waugh

Developed from the nGbK project Networks of Care, 1 January–31 December 2021



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