The project Acting Archives – Media Lab for Artistic Research and Education offers an interdisciplinary platform of exchange and collaboration between Ethiopian, German and international artists and theorists on the subject of artistic research and archiving. The project includes two symposia and an exhibition of contemporary Ethiopian art and performance art in Berlin. The participants will also develop discursive and artistic formats for presentation purposes in Berlin and Addis Ababa. The project will kick off with a symposium on the methods and theories of archiving and the creation of artistic knowledge. The second symposium will explore experimentation as a method of artistic research and education in 2014. To ensure long-term archiving and knowledge transfer, the project will also create a media container for storing comprehensive, net-based digital documentation of all the lectures, case studies and discussions of the events, as well as selected transcripts and publications by the project’s participants.
Acting Archives is a project by the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts and the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University, supported by Studio Olafur Eliasson, and funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.