Presenting → Archive Books@Berlin: Publishing Practices #1 study days: Dismantling the Disciplined Catalog, Derouting Distribution, Cripping the Canon
Archive Books@Berlin: Publishing Practices #1 study days: Dismantling the Disciplined Catalog, Derouting Distribution, Cripping the Canon
26 – 27 February 2022
Dismantling the Disciplined Catalogue
Through the simple gestures of putting books on shelves,
tagging keywords in social media posts and putting information
into a chronology inside a text, orders and hierarchies are created.
The histories of coloniality, ableist dominance and patriarchal
universalism are inherited and prevail in catalogs of libraries,
while new technologies and categorizing algorithmsdisguise
capitalist interests. When establishing infrastructures for
assembled knowledges, how can we unfix categorization,
undiscipline our shelves and yet allow access to the un-categorizable?
Knowledge has long been and still is confined by spatial politics and the way our bodies are distributed along and across geographical borders. The Funambulistmagazine is literally a rope dancer of a magazine, connecting threads from political struggles and researches from locals of different places in the world. Shivangi Mariam Raj will invite listeners to her journey to the magazine and the magazine’s journey to create an archive of its own.
What could Radical Librarianship look like? In approaching long-standing libraries, we unearth inscribed manifested mechanisms of exclusion and elitism. Amongst others, it is a feminist task to dismantle and disrupt a universalist Western approach to naming and framing, processes of validation and biases of categorizing knowledge. Eva Weinmayr will talk about the recent collaborative research project Teaching the Radical Catalog – a syllabus(with Lucie Kolb) mapping current interventions and practices addressing this task.
Study days #1 form part of Publishing Practices, a yearly program committed to an expanded idea of publishing, which intends to open a collective publishing space for action, reflection, study, intervention and multisensorial encounter. Publishing Practices #1 – This Bridge Can Get Us There(2021-2022)is curated by Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara and Beya Othmani.