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13 Mar                     03 Apr 2015

The Anti-Humboldt-Box

— a Declaration

The Exhibition takes place as part of the symposium UNMAPPING the RENAISSANCE

Installation view Anti-Humboldt-Box

Installation view Anti-Humboldt-Box

During the Symposium UNMAPPING the RENAISSANCE

During the Symposium UNMAPPING the RENAISSANCE

"The reconstruction of the Prussian castle in the center of Berlin is becoming a fact in concrete. Destroyed, taken down and replaced by the Palace of the Republic during GDR times, now rebuilt on the void left by the destruction of the People's Palace, this re-establishment of the Emperor Castle shall anew represent thoughts of a German Reich and host the ethnological collections of the city under the label Humboldt-Forum. This project was adopted by a decision of the German parliament in 2002.

The Anti-Humboldt-Box adopts 
Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise) as an idea for the exhibition in a suitcase. Artefakte//anti-humboldt and AFROTAK TV cyberNomads seize on this idea, using it to transport the critique of Berlin’s Humboldt-Forum to various locations also taking in new pieces over time. In this wayt it works as a manifesto against this evolution and represents its set of arguments from a postcolonial, black-diasporic and artistic perspective but also considers some urbanistic readings of this reactionary and appalling cultural project."

For the exhibition at Villa Romana the Anti-Humboldt-Box is accompanied by the performance Der Reichstag in the reMIX– Contemporary Epistemic Literature Sound & Image Archiving | Talking in Tongues. Art & Multi-Media Interventions in Times of the new Global Renaissances by AFROTAK TV cyberNomads and a guided tour by Artefakte//anti-humboldt.

The Anti-Humboldt-Box is a project by Artefakte//anti-humboldt and AFROTAK TV cyberNomads in collaboration with Andreas Siekmann.

Artefakte//anti-humboldt is a Berlin based artist/academic group (Brigitta Kuster, Regina Sarreiter, Dierk Schmidt) founded in 2008 as part of the event Der Anti-Humboldt (www.humboldtforum.info) against the re-construction of the Prussian castle and the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin. The group is currently working on the project Artificial Facts (www.artificialfacts.de).

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads (Adetoun und Michael Küppers-Adebisi) is a Black German Education, Media Art & Culture Archive initiated and chaired by Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi and Michael Küppers-Adebisi. Based in Berlin the noncommercial, politically independent initiative focusses on migration, African diaspora and Black culture in Germany (http://afrotak.wordpress.com/).

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