Lexicon for an Affective Archive

Eds. Giulia Palladini and Marco Pustianaz


To study an archive or archival materials is to encounter an affective and critical practice involved in the construction of memory. Lexicon for an Affective Archive, edited by Giulia Palladini and Marco Pustianaz, is an international collection of these encounters, offering glimpses into the intimate relations inherent in finding, remembering (or imagining), and creating an archive. Bringing together voices from a variety of fields across the humanities, performance studies, and contemporary art, and engaging in a multidisciplinary analysis, this beautifully designed and fully illustrated volume advances the idea of an “affective archive” as a useful conceptual tool — a tool which contributes to an understanding of an expanded notion of an archive and its central role in contemporary visual and performing arts.

Giulia Palladini is a researcher in Performance Studies based in Berlin. She currently teaches at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. Marco Pustianaz is Professor of English and Theater at Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy.

With contributions by:

Zdenka Badovinac, Tina Campt, canecapovolto & Elisa Abela, Claudia Castellucci, Paul Clarke, Heidi & Rolf Abderhalden / Mapa Teatro, Paola Di Cori, Franz Anton Cramer, Ann Cvetkovich, Małgorzata Dziewulska, Tim Etchells, Erik Göngrich, Joe Kelleher, Bettina Knaup, Dorota Krakowska, Elisabeth Lebovici, Alina Marazzi, Annemarie Matzke / She She Pop, Graeme Miller, Rabih Mroué, Kateřina Šedá, Małgorzata Szczęśniak, Paolo Vignolo, Alessandra Violi, Ida & Henry Wilde (Keren Ida Nathan & Antonia Baehr).

The full editors’ Introduction to Lexicon for an Affective Archive is available as a PDF download

Intellect Books, NInA and the Live Art Development Agency, 2017. 17 x 23 cm, 212 pages, paperback.

ISBN 9781783207787

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