verbandkammer = (verband (assembly+bond+context) x (wunder-)kammer) compression / sedimentation > archive
As part of the Parallel events of Manifesta 9 in Genk Nilsson Pflugfelder have been invited by FLACC to (re-)present the organization with The Verbandkammer. This major installation that rethinks how FLACC as a ‘Workplace for Visual Artists’ might – at a structural level – operate in a more critical and self-reflective way. After Manifesta 9, the installation will mutate and migrate throughout the organization to become a new framework for growth, production and documentation.
The Verbandkammer is a concentration of the formal and social aspects of FLACC’s genetic make-up. In its first guise it is situated in the gallery at Casino Modern. The Verbandkammer collapses cultural production, workplace, residency, archive, administration, and discursive spaces in one dense coherent installation – a unified assembly consisting of disparate elements: 10 nos. types of cladding, 11 nos. types of frames, 40 nos. types of modules, 6 nos. programmatic entities and 1 no. Verbandkammer. Through the compressed adjacencies, the various parts rub against each other generating a productive friction.
The Verbandkammer is a form of institutional memory – a sedimentation and fossilisation of information. As a cut through the institutional shifts, it gages where FLACC has been in the past, where it is situated at the present and acts as a firm foundation from where the organisation can project towards the future. The Verbandkammer is a framework for mining and reusing existing information previously produced at FLACC – a tangible feedback loop obsessed with keeping past information in the productive present.
During its post-Manifesta 9 afterlife, the Verbandkammer will in its second guise move from the gallery up to FLACC’s spaces on the first floor where the various elements – as a starting point – will be reconfigured to enable and guide future thinking and production at FLACC. In conjunction with the physical framework, critical multi-year research into FLACC as a ‘Workplace for Visual Artists’ will also be conducted. The Verbandkammer is conceived as an open system that can be altered or hacked by both future artists in residence as well as the organization itself. The installation has no final form or predestined end. Along with its host-organisation it is constantly in its making.
The building of an archive and the formation of coal are deeply intertwined in that they are both bound up with geological processes of sedimentation, layering, compression and fossilisation creating dense stratifications of matter. Unlike the finite and irreversible process of coal mining, the mining of the Verbandkammer is a sustainable act in that it is concerned both with retrieval and production of matter.