Published in “when exhibitions become politics” about the history and strategies of political art exhibitions since the 1960s edited by Verena Krieger and Elisabeth Fritz (Böhlau Verlag, 2017).
Workshop with A Public Library organized by Lorenzo Sandoval at Readmagine Festival in Madrid, June 2016.
Lecture at the conference Social Responsibility and Art since the 1960s at University of Essex in May 2015.
Program and website.
Read the lecture published as essay in Seismopolite Issue 12 in November 2015.
A Public Library is not a public library. It is a space for conversations, presentations, the sharing of resources, and for collective reading, viewing, and learning.
Lecture at the symposium When exhibitions become politics at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in May 2014.
On the occasion of [the EPONYM] artist Deborah Ligorio has selected titles inspiring her project that started with an internal workshop at Archive Kabinett in April 2014. The collection is meant to be shared for individual or collective reading and is also made available on AAAAAARG.
Conversation on self-organized spaces at the Centre for Ideas/Elizabeth Presa, Victorian College for the Arts, Melbourne in March 2014.
Workshop with Sean Dockray and Caleb Waldorf at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne in March 2014.
The workshop at Gertrude Contemporary assessed our (artists, writers, curators, academics, etc.) ongoing relationships with cultural institutions of varying scales. The focus was oriented towards how institutional frameworks impact and inform our practices in an ongoing manner, from the perspective of the day to day activities that comprise our work. The conversation departed from the opposition and the resistance mobilized against the Sydney Biennial’s funding by Transfield and the subsequent repercussions, both known and speculative. The desire was to connect the situation taking place in this context to a broader set of concerns facing many who work within, and rely on, contemporary cultural infrastructures.
As output of the workshop participants decided to create a reader related to topics around corporate funding, alternative institutions, and the social impact of art. Over the course of one week, we collected the group’s contributions for seven chapters that emerged during our discussion. Without having a precise goal this collection called TiNNN could be followed by an annotated publication, be a starting point of a series of public events in different places, or serve as compilation for further discussions – in Melbourne and elsewhere.
Download the reader here: http://aaaaarg.org/thing/53489813334fe0078b2164d4
Alex Martinis Roe’s exhibition A story from Circolo della Rosa at Archive Kabinett in March 2014 continues her work on feminist genealogies. The film weaves together fragments from her recent oral history research with members of Libreria delle donne and her experiences of their collective activities, as well as her exploration of related spaces, archives and texts.
On the occasion of the show Alex Martinis Roe selected a series of books from both her personal library and the Milan Women’s Bookstore. The collection takes the form of an open access reference library at Archive Kabinett inviting users for individual or collective reading, serving as site for sharing resources and ways of thinking. Excerpts from this collection will also be made available on AAAAARG.ORG.
The show was organized by Fiona Geuss and it was made possible with support by Graduiertenschule, Universität der Künste Berlin.
Presentation of The Public School Berlin on the occasion of the exhibition Democracy 44 Years in the Making at nGbK (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst in Berlin) in February 2013.
Revolution is also a Language, The Public School Berlin, October 2013
Initiated in Los Angeles in 2007 by Telic Arts Exchange, the project exists in several places world-wide and in Berlin since the fall of 2010. A school with no curriculum, The Public School is a framework that supports autodidactic activities: it is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. Hosted by PROGRAM for the first year all classes take place at Archive Kabinett in Berlin Kreuzberg since early 2012.
Article published in: BE-Magazine, No. 18, September 2011.
Essay published in: Ellen Blumenstein/Fiona Geuß (Ed.), Perform a Lecture!, Berlin 2011.
Panel at Proqm Berlin in November 2010, organized by Dorothee Richter, Postgraduate Program in Curating ICS/DKV Zurich.
The event space Salon Populaire in Berlin Schöneberg invited each week one or more guests to interpret its spatial appearance, experiment with formats and shape an audience. Its self-organized structure, the blurring of hierarchies between host, guest and audience as well as the flexible props created in collaboration with raumlabor berlin challenged the representative character of the former bourgeois representational space located at Kunstsaele Berlin. The events ranged from small conversation groups to open discussions, from cinema evenings to film installations, performances and concerts. Besides one-off events a number of series were devoted to individual themes over a longer period of time. The thematic dinner evenings Can you pass the Salt, please? developed in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga experimented with the dinner party as a conversational format. In the course of discussions about the connections between Berlin institutions the series Bethanien Residents evolved in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Initiated by Ellen Blumenstein and Tanja Schomaker in 2010 Salon Populaire was co-organized with Fiona Geuss, Ulrike Bernard, and Bryndis Hansdottir.
Sound Performance at Eternithaus in Berlin Tiergarten in May 2011.
Steve Rowell’s “Hollow Earth” imports sounds from distant underground spaces to the Tiergarten. Utilizing the translucent glass box of the Eternithaus building as a resonant medium, Rowell displaces the listener by amplifying these recorded, remote room tones, thereby de-contextualizing the present, physical space. This experience – perceived shifting thresholds of hearing and imagined sound source location – is designed as a psychoacoustic exercise. The non-site of the event space becomes a mere reference point for other places far removed from the listener’s immediate experience.
Part of the series Performances in Hansaviertel by THE OFFICE
A series of Lecture Performances in 2010 by THE OFFICE (Ellen Blumenstein, with Katharina Fichtner and Fiona Geuß).
Artists. Dan Graham/Nicolas Guagnini, Pedro Marques, Ellie Ga, Erik Bünger, Olivia Plender/Romeo Gongora, Will Holder.
Conversations. Felix Ensslin, Eric de Bruyn, Solvej Ovesen, Clemens Krümmel, Christoph Gurk, Kim Einarsson, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Helmut Draxler.
Locations. Hufeisensiedlung/Eternithaus, Salon Populaire/Kunstsaele Berlin, ICI Kulturlabor Berlin, Radialsystem V, .HBC, Arsenal.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.