Archive Kabinett

Berlin, DE
Type: Consulting Spatial Design

Archive Journal

  • Exhibition architecture, phase one: nOffice (Miessen Pflugfelder Nilsson)
  • Spatial and editorial consulting: Studio Miessen (Markus Miessen)
  • Photography by Chiara Figone

Archive Kabinett is the Berlin-based HQ and gallery of Archive Books and Archive Journal, a bi-annual periodical and major resource for the visual arts and cultural knowledge production founded by Chiara Figone.

This phased project produced a space that simultaneously works as a gallery, lecture hall, library, reading room, book shop and venue.

Archive Kabinett's purpose was to create a space which encouraged experimenting with formats and concepts related to the field of publishing, to stimulate a challenging collaboration between artists, writers and curators while exploring their roles. Archive Kabinett aimed not only at fostering art practices but also at defining and developing a platform for art publishing. Its intent was to present the viewer with thought-provoking events, to encourage a critical discussion around “contemporary culture” through artists lectures, exhibitions and talks and to promote curiosity. Devoted to research and reflection on artistic, social, and political practices, Archive Kabinett intended to translate, organize, and circulate theoretical materials. Archive Kabinett is the home of Archive Books and Archive Journal.

A more detailed program with further upcoming events will be available online on www.archivekabinett.org

Archive Journal is a quarterly journal comprised of both new and already existing material. The format and structure of Archive Journal intended to reflect ideas of possible archiving, by being composed of differing, open-ended, yet interconnected sections, some will run over consecutive issues, some may disappear to reappear in the future, and some may cease to exist completely. By publishing this discourse a possible interpretation of history was brought to light, like a conscious point of view on contemporaneity, while also pointing to the necessity to reflect on those principles and rules that construct our cultural environment. Archive Journal is an inquiry on that place in between the notion of tradition and authorial work that we call history or reality.