Theo Barth“LINEUP—Warburg, Binswanger”, Exhibition and talk, Department of Design.
Exhibit #14 explores the relation between a lineup—Germ. Aufstellung/Norw. oppstilling—of images in a cartographic relationship to books, and accordingly is located in the environment of a book collection: in the present cast, the library at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Exhibit #14 is an advanced prototype: a single panel projecting a full lineup of 5. The item is adaptable to hybrid sessions on Zoom. The item includes a wooden frame, Molton fabric, whig pins, text and images. The projected panels are included in a scale of 1:50.
Exhibit #14 features a participatory study of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne (Atlas of Memory), as distinct from Vorstellung (performance) and Ausstellung (exhibition). The concept of lineup proposed here is a forensic one. Based on a reading of Warburg’s sick journal at Bellevue.
The confinement and discharge of Warburg from the Bellevue Asylum (1921-24) was read alongside Bruno Latour’s After lockdown: a metamorphosis (2021). They were brought together by Donna Haraway’s practice of immersive knowledge: the readings were situated and positioned.
In Exhibit #14 this is done by recording the situation and position through a protocol of a visually led diary entries: the locations. A participatory trajectory drawing partly on Warburg’s history of healing, partly on Latour’s metamorphosis, to explore the figures of change in our present world.
The attractor coalescing the elements of Exhibit #14 lineup—in this aspect, an assemblage—is the electrosphere. That is the aspects of going live with a field survey that hatches and evolves in the overlapping time-space between online and offline activities (in common parlance a hybrid).