Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (SKGAL)
Nina Hoechtl/Julia Wieger
2012, 102 years after being founded, the VBKÖ opened the Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (SKGAL). The new Secretariat has enabled a critical analysis and examination of the association’s history. In particular, the role of the VBKÖ during the course of Austrofaschism and Nationalsozialism will be discussed, alongside the association’s class-specific and colonial entanglements.
SKGAL establishes connections between projects, investigations and discussions by different authors and in various formats setting up a continual, multi-perspective and collective historical work. The structures and methods of the Secretariat enable the continual analysis of historical narratives anew and create a space in which historical works can be learnt and unlearnt. Thereby, feminist and decolonizing perspectives are integrated and debates are made public.
For more see http://www.skgal.org/
On July 5, 6, 8, and 12, 2016 SKGAL presented the performative screening SPUKEN IM ARCHIV!/HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! (funded by SHIFT) at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Weiherburggasse 13/12, 6020 Innsbruck), FÜNFZIGZWANZIG (Residenzplatz 10, 5020 Salzburg), [esc] kunst medien labor (Bürgergasse 5, 8010 Graz) and weisse haus (Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Wien), respectively.
On April 13, 2016 in AN.SPRECHEN (funded by SHIFT), SKGAL spoke with an.schläge – das feministische Magazin (Fiona Sara Schmidt, Lea Susemichel) at the VBKÖ.
On April 5, 2016 SKGAL did the workshop In Haunted Archives: (Post-)National Socialist Times, Decolonial Futures in the frame of the exhibition Uncanny Materials. Founding Moments of Art Education (curated by Elke Krasny and Barbara Mahlknecht) at xhibit (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hauptgebäude, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna).
March 10-May 16, 2016 SKGAL participated in the exhibition Uncanny Materials. Founding Moments of Art Education (curated by Elke Krasny and Barbara Mahlknecht) at xhibit (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hauptgebäude, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna).
December 4, 2015-March, 2016 SKGAL participated in the exhibition Die Kunst der Frau – Freundinnen und Komplizinnen (curated by Barbara Steiner) at the VBKÖ.
On November 21, 2015 SKGAL did together with Maren Blume, Andrea Haas, Ipek Hamzaoglu, Ruth Lang and Juliane Saupe the tour Spazieren gehen im VBKÖ Archiv (funded by SHIFT) in the frame of the Open Studio Day of Vienna Art Week 2015.
On November 12, 2015 SKGAL presented the lecture performance Das Archiv als ein Ort politischer Konfrontation. Oder: Wie kann hier widersprochen werden? (funded by SHIFT) at brut (Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna).
Throughout 2014 SKGAL publishes 56 letters, that the VBKÖ received in its founding year. These letters show the VBKOE’s network of friendships around 1910 and raise following questions: How far does friendship go? How to build and cultivate friendship? How much duty, support and togetherness needs a friendship? Who wanted to be part of the friendship with the VBKÖ? And if so, how?
The letters can be read (in German) under Freundschaft
On August 30, 2014 SKGAL presented the lecture performance The VBKOE’s Archive as a Site of Political Confrontation or How to Sing Out of Tune? at the Fourth Biennial Conference of the European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies UTOPIA EAM 2014 (University of Helsinki, August 29-31, 2014).
On December 17, 2013 SKGAL presented the lecture performance IM ZWISCHENRAUM – Das Archiv und seine Geister insistieren (in German) at OUT OF THE BOX. 10 Questions about Artistic Research (Lecture-)performances about Undisciplined Knowledge Production.