Performed (dis)organisation as running force
Using the comprehensive archive of self-organized initiatives and manifestos put together by Tranzit.org for Manifesta 8 in Murcia last year, the two London-based curators Fatima Hellberg and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz have created an admirably well-curated exhibition that discusses the importance of performativity and irrationality in such initiatives.
Alternative ways of archiving and history-narrating seem to have become an obsession among curators and artist in the last few years. A number of shows, publications and artworks have been brought forth by Michel Foucault’s theories about the archive and Walter Benjamin’s demand for a history of the presence in his pioneering work “On the Concept of History.” Instead of rehashing already well debated ideas and criticizing traditional archival practices though the presentation of “counter-archives,” as most initiatives tend to do, a different strategy is enacted in this project. By selecting artworks that enable a discussion around certain elements of the content of the Tranzit-archive, self-organized initiatives and manifestos, the two curators manage to recreate the original spirit and driving force both in the singular pieces and the original archive on the level of the exhibition.