December 04–05, 2018 
With Armin Linke, Maria Hlavajova and Nishat Awan

As part of a workshops series organized by the architecture research initiative at the HafenCity University Hamburg, the workshop will explore the archive as a methodical spatial organization, based on research questions that have evolved from two ongoing dissertations at the HCU Hamburg and at the TU Berlin: Belgrade New Wave – Art and Architecture of the 1980s and In the Search for (Future) Spatial Commons – History, Theory and Actuality of Systems of Commoning.

On December 4, the opening event will take place at the HCU, with a lecture by Armin Linke (Artist, Berlin). On December 5, we will meet in the expandable archive, which was created in summer inside the Schaltzentrale. Subsequent to public lectures by Maria Hlavajova (BAK, Utrecht, NL) and Nishat Awan (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) three workshop sessions will examine the archive as a method and practice, in its function as a collection of knowledge, collective process and space of communication.

The event will be held in english.

A registration for the workshops is required, please send an email until the 28th of November to: sara.lusic(at)
The lectures are open for the public.

** Program
4th of December 
HafenCity University
Galerie 4. OG, Überseeallee 16, 20457 Hamburg

17:30 Armin Linke, Lecture & Discussion

In cooperation with IMAGINE THE CITY a program by Kunst und Kultur in der HafenCity e.V.

5th of December
Bullerdeich 14b, 20537 Hamburg 

9:30 Introduction 
9:45 Input a) The archive as an exhibition
Input b): Mappings and datasheet collection as an extensible archive
11:15 Break
11:30 Lectures & Discussion
Maria Hlavajova, Founding General and Artistic Director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, since 2000. Research and Artistic Director of Former West (2008–2016)
Nishat Awan, Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures and Principal Investigator on Topological Atlas: Mapping Contemporary Borderscapes, hosted by the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London
14:00 Break
15:00 Session I The archive as a collection of knowledge
16:00 Session II The archive as a process and practice 
17:00 Break
17:30 Session III The archive as a space of communication
18:30 Discussion, résumé

In cooperation with Hallo: Verein zur Förderung ­raumöffnender Kultur e.V.