Immediate Archaeologies

in collaboration with Luis Berríos-Negrón, PROGRAM, Berlin . 2009

Materiality and its values, environmental and emotional, load every dimension of production. If PROGRAM is considered as a site for the recovery of experiences that have emerged during its three-year history, then it is the minutiae of remaining standard and non-standard material resources that dictate a field of knowledge – its institutional memory. The psychogeography of this field is excavated through our reconfiguration, as architect and choreographer, of props found on site. By continuously summoning one another's expertise, through spatial and corporeal rituals, the process takes the shape of ongoing classification, questioning the subject between fact and truth.

This experimental period (July 9 - August 1) began without preconception and has evolved during a series of daily engagements with PROGRAM's directors and other practitioners based in Berlin. The end result is unknown, but the intent is to reinterpret or even translate how the project space has evolved, and where art thrives in between the framing of events and its network of time-based relations, which, not unlike the conception of history, involves the manufacture of facts.