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What Stays – Archiving Care

transmediale festival, JUNGE AKADEMIE of Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the Goethe-Institut Slovakia announce the three digital residents chosen from the open call for What Stays – Archiving Care. The call was addressed to international artists working with digital technologies, counter histories, and experimental archival formats, and exploring the role of technology in opening alternative histories and memories. The selected artists are Aditya Surya Taruna aka Kasimyn, Romi Ron Morrison, and Francois Knoetze and Amy Louise Wilson (Lo-Def Film Factory) in collaboration with Joe-Yves Salankang Sa-Ngol.The artists were selected by jury members Helen Pritchard, Oulimata Gueye, Clara Herrmann, Markus Huber, and Nora O Murchú.


Aditya Surya Taruna aka Kasimyn 
JOGET-X (A Speculative Archive in Alternate Histories of Indonesian Dance Music)

Gamelan, made up predominantly of percussive instruments, is the traditional ensemble music of the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese peoples of Indonesia. In JOGET-X, Aditya Surya Taruna explores the diversity of Gamelan music to construct a speculative archive of Indonesian dance music. The project asks; what if colonisation did not affect how music, technology and dance has developed? Exploring the oral traditions and knowledge systems of indigenous culture, the project investigates how these knowledge systems can coexist with and contextualise global understandings of technology and music. The archive will contain historical data from 1980-2020. Existing histories will be hacked and deconstructed in collaboration with six musicians and dancers from Jakarta to Wamena (West Papua), through the process of Laras, an Indonesian tuning method. As well as this archive, the artist is developing a set of open source digital instruments that are built with the methods and processes of Gamelan music. 

Romi Ron Morrison
Noticing the Preconditions for __________________.

Noticing The Preconditions For ___________.  is an experiment in durational correspondence between artists Romi Ron Morrison and Mimi Onuoha. In this project, noticing takes an archival form, indexing passing moments of care each artist notices in their daily life. Observing the tension between two worlds - one desperately trying to reproduce its power, and a new world not yet allowed to be born - the project aims to collect traces of this new world found in the present. These moments are archived and are intended to act as instructions that reveal Black futures in quotidian practices of care and kinship. The database reveals future potential, and acts as a guide for the various ways the artist and their collaborator wish to coexist together.

Francois Knoetze and Amy Louise Wilson (Lo-Def Film Factory) in collaboration with Joe-Yves Salankang Sa-Ngol
The Subterranean Imprint Archive

The Subterranean Imprint Archive is an ongoing research project that traces the legacy of extractive technologies in Central and Southern Africa. The starting point of this inquiry is in the underground of the Shinkolobwe mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the uranium used in the Manhattan Project to create the atom bomb was extracted. The residency marks a new chapter of this project, focused on locating the key moments  surrounding nuclearity on the continent. Through visual strategies which manipulate global mapping technologies, this chapter asks if we can dislocate, re-map, complicate, and exploit existing models to deepen and disrupt the discourse on technopolitics in Africa and abroad. This work seeks to layer narratives that are usually kept distinct and to visualize these historical and technological entanglements.


The year-long project explores digital counter archives and the role of technology in opening up alternative histories and memories, and launches with an open call with three digital residencies for international artists from any discipline. Each three month residency will be awarded with €3,000 euros.

Challenging records, reclaiming narratives, or writing differences into public accounts, requires defiance, imagination, and the bringing together of oppositional experiences and knowledge. Often incomplete and unstable, archives have become spaces where accounts of histories are contested and expanded through acts of resistance and refusal. Examining the gaps, omissions, and the politics of metadata, What Stays - Archiving Care explores how counter-archives can be built through gestures of care, opening up  alternative histories, narratives, and stories.
Responding to changing political realities, the project explores how objects, landscapes, built environments, and bodies can be rethought, and asks:

- How might counter archives be embodied differently and rethought through oral traditions, archival tools, and experimental digital practices?
- What tools and technologies, such as gaming platforms or artificial intelligence, account for more-than-human or unaccounted memories?
- What role does care and imagination play in spaces of resistance against official records and dominant narratives?
- How do artistic practices activate silence or omissions and refuse the politics of metadata and indexing?
- What role do more-than-human agents have in shaping new systems of knowledge and understandings of civilisation, culture, and nature?
- How might diy archives built on intimacy, instability and failure make visible new responsibilities and accountabilities?
- What are the values of the counter-archive and how do they transform or generate new political realities?
- How can the practices of archiving account for the alteration of landscape by climate change realities?
- How can counter-archives become living spaces of undoing, resignification, and repair?
- What role can archival practices take in the construction of new territorial imaginaries and identities?

What Stays - Archiving Care highlights artistic, speculative, and uncooperative practices that change perceptions of pasts and futures. Over the year the project partners will host events, workshops, discussions and performances as well as digital articles exploring and documenting the projects topic and outcomes.

Applications to What Stays - Archiving Care are open from April 6 - May 4 (midnight CET). The call is open to artists (working individually or in collectives) to submit new or ongoing projects who are working with digital technologies, counter histories and experimental archival formats. Each three month online residency is awarded €3,000 and will take place remotely between June - September 2021.The completed work will be presented online and residents will be invited to partake in an event in the year-long programme of the project partners.
Applications to What Stays - Archiving Care are open to all web based formats including text, 3D objects, sound, performances, API’s and games, among others. We particularly welcome projects that follow the principles of open source, accessibility and participation.

The artists for the three digital residencies will be selected by a joint jury of:
Oulimata Gueye (curator and art critic)
Clara Herrmann (Programme Director of the JUNGE AKADEMIE, Akademie der Künste)
Markus Huber (Director, Goethe-Institute Slovakia)
Nora O Murchú (Artistic Director, transmediale festival)
Helen Pritchard (Associate Professor in Queer Feminist Technoscience and Digital Design, University of Plymouth) 

Applications are submitted online and should include:
A project proposal (500 - 750 words)
Project image or video
Proposed methodology
Short Bio
Contact Information
A portfolio (PDF) of previous work 

For further information and questions please contact: Linda.Fintorova@goethe.de


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