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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Fortresses with open doors

Basic seminar
Target group
Basic Studies, Main course / Diploma 2

No need to register beforehand.

Seminar given in English.

Discussions could be held in German, if necessary.

Open to Hautpstudium / Diploma 2 students.

Dates - place & time

10.04.2426.06.24Mittwoch2-wöchentlich14:00 - 17:00Filzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02
from-to14:00 - 17:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02

Seminar description

To enter an archive is to enter a fortress. You might have been invited in or even gotten a key, but the openness is only selective and temporary.

We think of archiving an inward movement: finding things, bringing them together, sorting them, and guarding them in a safe and stable place. The model of this type of archiving is the fortress. This model already provides a clear sense of the limits of the archive: fire, flooding, and data loss.

Can we think of the archive differently?

How can we manage the contradictions between conservation and accessibility?

There is another way of archiving: to use things, bring them into circulation, and distribute them (in all senses of the word). A process that operates based on projecting films, sharing spread-sheets, scanning books, printing objects, uploading mixtapes.

In the seminar, we will read, discuss, do, write, watch, listen and create a publication together. The outcome will be a publication.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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