Symposium held on the occasion of the opening of the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz

Unruly Archives. Art and its Paper Trails
Concept Barbara Filser

The international symposium Unruly Archives. Art and its Paper Trails takes a look at the remnants of artistic and curatorial activities that have found their way into archives or special collections. Referring to them as 'unruly' alludes to the notion of 'savage thought', which the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss contrasted with modern scientific thought as the other mode, finding it, among other places, in the artistic practice. The 'unruly' marks the difference to governmental archives that manifests itself in the type and nature of the preserved materials as well as in the way in which they are organised. 

Contributors from art history and media studies as well as the fields of exhibiting, collecting and archiving use case examples that include the premature legacy of VALIE EXPORT to discuss how the creative processes of artistic and curatorial work are reflected or even carried over into the materials and structures of such archives, and how they can be rendered visible in indexing, research, and in exhibitions.

Welcome: Reinhard Kannonier / Rector of the University of Art and Design Linz

A radical performance artist ahead of her time
Marie-Luise Angerer / professor of media theory/media studies at the University of Potsdam

The "Archival Impulse" in VALIE EXPORTs Artistic Research
Sabine Folie / art historian, author, independet curator, and professor of Cultural History of Modernity at the Bauhaus University Weimar

The Creative Repository - documenta and Its Archive
Birgit Jooss / Director of documenta archiv, Kassel

A Pioneer Like Us (NOTE: this presentation had to be cancelled for personal reasons)
Glenn R. Phillips / curator and Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute in Losa Angeles

Talk about the Archive ot the 20th Century Avant-garde Art
Egidio Marzona / art collector, gallery owner and publisher in Germany and Italy

followed by panel discussion and closing remarks