Revival of Clashes in Representation and Materiality
Past exhibitions, even if they draw the attention of today’s audience, are barely accessible due to the general insufficiency of hitherto used documentation methods.
In this sense the already dismantled spatially organized assemblages of materials and thoughts can be declared dead, especially if we accept the premise that exhibitions are alive, when they are up and running, and this vividness is strongly dependent on their spatial qualities.
We, the living, can decide, whether we resurrect and revive them by the means of technology. In this, as well as in other cases, “[t]echnology is […] no mere means. Technology is a way of revealing.“ (Heidegger: 1954)
Two institutions committed themselves to examine the possibility of revival through experiential methods of digital, spatial modelling on the case studies of Les Immatériaux (Centre Pompidou, 1985), and Iconoclash (ZKM | Karlsruhe, 2002).
The publication of such models might have a substantial effect on the future reception of the revived exhibitions, therefore the presentation aims to reveal yet open questions we are facing, while preparing the production.