In what ways can memory be documented as a subjective, multi-perspectival and participative process and made visible? How can recent municipal history be experienced and put into relation to the present?
With the Archive of Subjective Memories UnDesignUnit has created a framework within which the history of Lothringer 13 Halle as an art space of the city of Munich may be documented and made visible. The archive gathers memories from the context of Lothringer 13 Halle which has since 1980 been an important site of artistic production and exhibition. The archive fills in a gap in the more recent municipal history by putting together artefacts from the holdings, personal memorabilia and conversations held with people who have known or been involved with the site at different points in time, and bringing them in relation to each other chronologically and content-wise. Departing from the stories told by different actors from the context of the Lothringer 13 Halle, the various concepts, visions and narratives from the institution’s eventful history are being documented and made accessible.
For the archive, UnDesignUnit combined methods from oral history and design research to a singular approach to the archive theme, focusing on the subjectiveness of memory processes. The aim is to include a wide range of perspectives including non-institutional ones, and render recent history concrete and related to the present.
The archive has been conceived as a growing installation in the exhibition “over 13 – reflections on an art space” and will be enriched during the exhibition’s duration with further exhibits, threads and connections. In the reception office, which is part of the archive in the exhibition, visitors and contemporaries, among them artists, curators as well as former staff members and neighbors are being invited to contribute their personal souvenirs such as invitations and photos, or correspondence and stories to the archive, which will gradually be integrated into the existing installation.
The significance of municipal art spaces as sites where artistic production may be experienced and become visible, comes to the fore in pandemic times when these spaces are being closed to visitors. The Archive of Subjective Memories wants to further the reflection and conversation on the past, present and future of municipal art spaces and responds to the current circumstances by increasingly publishing archive contents on the Lothringer 13 Halle website.
Conversations with contemporaries, who have known the site at different points in time, which are part of the exhibition installation, are being made available for online listening at https://www.lothringer13.com/en/program/current/over-13/archiv-der-subjektiven-erinnerungen/.
The Archive of the Subjective Memories is a contribution to the exhibition over 13 – reflections on an art space on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the art space of the city of Munich, curated by Lisa Britzger and Luzi Gross (Lothringer 13 Halle) in collaboration with Anna Lena von Helldorff with the support ofTheo Thönnessen.
It is planned that the archive continues its work beyond the duration of the exhibition late January 2021 through, among other things, the digitisation of contents and the physical localization on the site of Lothringer Straße 13.
Update: All those who are interested in contributing their personal memories to the archive are invited to get in touch with the reception office (Sarah Dorkenwald, Karianne Fogelberg), who continue their work through digital media due to the current closure of the exhibition, at email@example.com.
over 13 – reflections on an art space
(until 31 January 2021)
Lothringer 13 Halle
An art space of the city of Munich
Lothringer Straße 13, 81667 Munich
Opening hours: Wed–Sun, 11 am – 7 pm
Free entry. Access to the hall is barrier-free.
Photos: Constanza Meléndez, Gerhard Gross_studio karonga