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The Future Archive at n.b.k.

16.05.2012, Berlin | From June 3, 2012, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein will show the exhibition The Future Archive in which contemporary cultural producers engage with the groundbreaking artistic approaches developed at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in the 1970s and 80s. The CAVS was founded by György Kepes at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, in 1976. With radical ideas such as the Techno-Social Movement, its directors and fellows were way ahead of their time.

The Future Archive (c) Markus Weisbeck

At the n.b.k., co-curator Ute Meta Bauer has gathered a younger generation of artists, architects and designers who were inspired in their current work by CAVS Fellows such as Maryanne Amacher, Muriel Cooper, Otto Piene or Aldo Tambellini. Their presupposition is that the historical archive is exemplary for the future and a precondition for innovation.

Parallel to this, historical and contemporary documentations by CAVS as well as works from n.b.k.'s collection are on view. The exhibition will be accompanied by live performances and talks about artistic contributions to interdisciplinary research. For further information about the related events please click here.

The Future Archive

Opening: Sa, June 2, 2012 at 7 pm

Welcome: Marius Babias (Director, n.b.k.)
Introduction: Ute Meta Bauer (MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology)
Performance: Becoming Archive with Amanda Moore (Artist, USA)

Exhibtion dates: June 3 to July 29, 2012
Tu - Su: 12 to 6 pm; Th: 12 to 8 pm | Free admission
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Chausseestr. 128 / 129
10115 Berlin

Related Events

Tue, July 3, 2012, 7 pm
The Future Archive: Visible Language Workshop
Exhibtion talk with Prof. Markus Weisbeck (Graphic Design, Bauhaus-Universitt Weimar; studio Surface, Berlin and Frankfurt/M.)
In German language

Tue, July 17, 2012, 7 pm
Directions in Kinetic Art in the mid-20th Century
Lecture by Prof. Alexander Alberro (Art History, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York), moderated by Helmut Draxler (Art historian and critic, Berlin)
In English language

Sunday, July 29, 2012
from 5 pm n.b.k. Summer Party with cooking event by Dieter Froelich (Artist, Hanover)
6 pm Exhibition talk with Ute Meta Bauer (Curator The Future Archive), in German language
8 pm Music-performance by Florian Hecker (Artist, Vienna, ACT Research Affiliate)

Admission free to all events.

For further information please contact Schering Stiftung at 030-20 62 29 65 or visit


Photo: © Markus Weisbeck, Visible Workshop Language (Muriel Cooper), 2012



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