The intercalations: a paginated exhibition series is conceived as a curatorial-editorial space to both host and critically reflect on the collaborations among members and affiliates of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, while enabling explorations of the book as a form of exhibition architecture in relation to other aesthetic practices in the Anthropocene. In addition to its function as a vehicle to document the collaborations of the SYNAPSE network, this book-as-exhibition series aims to expand the discourse of curatorial knowledge production within a broader multidisciplinary field of research and experimentation. The series gradually establishes a compact library of its own by asking how the Anthropocene hypothesis urges us to rethink traditional fields of knowledge. Whereas each publication focuses on one distinct topic addressed by SYNAPSE collaborators, the series as a whole seeks to confront the entangled relationships of habitually made distinctions. When explored as “intercalations,” the so-called dialectic categories of nature and culture, human and non-human, subject and object, fact and fiction become transitional, layered narratives with permeable boundaries. Using archival and contemporary materials as well as visual and textual juxtaposition, intercalations is meant to act as an intensifier for curatorial thought and action; we aim to encourage and embolden modes of inquiry which provoke singular perspectives, develop matters of concern, and challenge dominant cultural dispositions.
The intercalations series was conceived by SYNAPSE members Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin. Edited in association with SYNAPSE co-founders Kirsten Einfeldt and Daniela Wolf, and designed by Katharina Tauer, the series is published and distributed internationally by K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as both printed matter and open access publications online. The collaborations fostered in the series will be further developed through international events to occasion additional institutional collaborations and meaningful participation in larger event structures such as art and architecture biennales and thematically related exhibitions.