tranzit.ro/București and The Last Archive present:
2012 Alphabet Book
With: Sergiu Nisioi, Mihaela Gheață, Ramona Gheorghe, Cătălina Gubandru, Raluca Popa, Adina Ochea, Bogdan Ghiu, Ștefania Mihalache, Irina Gheorghe, Eduard Gabia, Rucsandra Pop, Raluca Croitoru, Cristina Vasilescu, Sebastian Sifft, Nicoleta Moise, Ioana Stanca, Sillyconductor, Simona Dumitriu, Crina Marina Mureșanu, Anetta Mona Chișa, Simona Nastac, Raluca Ilie, Elena Vlădăreanu, Andrei Dósa, Diana Dogaru, Alex Axinte, Vlad Brăteanu, Vasile Leac, Ilinca Luca
The project will be launched in a video format online, on the 21st of December 2020, at 7 p.m.
The Last Archive is an artistic project initiated by the visual artist Vlad Basalici and enacted together with curator Raluca Voinea as part of the programme of the contemporary art centre tranzit.ro/București. In 2012, Vlad Basalici collected newspapers printed on the 21st of December of that year, the last day before what should have been the Apocalypse presumably announced by the Maya civilization, with this event and the news published about it constituting the basis of The Last Archive.
Starting with 2013, a series of artists were invited to propose an exhibition reflecting on the material of this Archive. Péter Szabó, Monotremu, Giles Eldridge, Vilmos Koter, Kiki Mihuță, Maria Baroncea and Anca Bucur are the artists who enlarged the concept of The Last Archive, through their investigations on the end of the world, the end of the printed press, on collective or personal anxieties, and on a possible post-human world, and through the realisation of a project-exhibition, inaugurated each year on the 21st of December, in the space where tranzit.ro/București activated between 2012-2019.
With this project, every year on the 21st of December we were celebrating an Apocalypse that never happened, in fact disregarding the small daily apocalypses and the state of precariousness continued from one year to the next. Thus, a project about the end became an opening towards the possibility of a new beginning.
In 2020 however, we are situating ourselves, many of us, in an amorphous state, as if after a more dramatic end which already took place, and is in fact still in process. We spent a lot of time this year in front of the screens, in a world of digital spectres, trying to imagine the state-after as a radical transformation and not as a return to the state of things we were used to.
The Last Archive project in 2020 invited a series of artists, writers, researchers to propose a word/concept/term starting from a letter of the alphabet, which expresses their view about a post-apocalyptic world. Each guest spoke/performed/incanted this term in a short video transmission, in the spirit of the communication means dominant in 2020. The ensemble of these interventions constitutes an abecedary of the post-apocalypse, offered as an invitation to the founding of any future possible world on new or transformed vocabularies. The letters of the alphabet and the guests come from the space of Romanian language, a necessary localisation, especially in the absence of a physical space that this year’s edition of the project doesn’t have anymore. Yet, the horizons opened by the terms of the vocabulary are much broader, more inclusive and more optimist.
2012 Alphabet Book is inspired by "Gilles Deleuze's alphabet book”, a series of interviews, recorded for television with the French philosopher in 1988 and 1989, in which he converses with his former student and friend Claire Parnet on topics related to his oeuvre and to his life. We are grateful to Constantin Petcou for this reference.
ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.ro