Archiv-Flaneur is a mobile exhibition project in public space and a research trip to various locations in Europe and beyond in collaboration with the artist Juan Fernando Toro Lopez. Initiated in the summer of 2013 based on a shared idea in spring 2011. Aboard a wheeled vehicle which functions with the extension by an awning as portable exhibition space and mobile archive. To nourish and to increase the archive we travel to various historical, biographical sites, archives, museums, and the ‘world wide web’. The wheeled vehicle as a “mobile archive” provides a ‘living room atmosphere’. The flaneur-office inside the bus for exchange possibilities of archival such as visual materials, electronic data for the extension of the archive as a living archive and at the same time as a place for conversation and chat, is open for all audience during the various stations in Kyiv, Berlin, Warsaw, Amsterdam… among others.
Concept: Looking for another notion of archiving and association we consider videotapes, scientific documentaries, photos, family portraits, movies, TV shows from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s until now and everyday curiosities and other indefinite imagineries. In how we understand the creation of identity, archiving is alive and in constant transformation. The archives as a form of structured memory, we transcribe in a performative way. To work with archives always means to deal with its artifacts and archival materials. We understand preservation not only as conservative storage but as reactivation through the initiation of appropriation and actions. During the reactivation of the artifacts for their living condition not only fragmentary duplications arise but also new objects in the form of pictorial installations that we want to present.