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The Eternal Archives were created by Peter Putz in 1980 and can be understood as a dynamic encyclopedia of contemporary identities. The material used for the “Montreal tableaux” presented here are photographs that were taken in August 2015.

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  • Peter Putz

    The Eternal ArchivesLes Archives ternelles

    Montral Tableaux 2015

  • Photography is a vulgar addiction that is gradually taking hold of the whole of humanity, which is not only enamored of such distortion and perversion but completely sold on them, and will in due course, given the proliferation of photography, take the distorted and perverted world of the photograph to be the only real one. Practitioners of photo-graphy are guilty of one of the worst crimes it is possible to commit of turning nature into a grotesque. The people in their photographs are nothing but pathetic dolls, disfigured beyond recognition, staring in alarm into the pitiless lens, brainless and repellent. Photo-graphy is a base passion that has taken hold of every continent and every section of the population, a sickness that afflicts the whole of humanity and is no longer curable.2)

    Thomas Bernhard

    Das Fotografieren ist eine gemeine Sucht, von welcher nach und nach die ganze Menschheit erfat ist, weil sie in die Verzerrung und die Perversitt nicht nur verliebt, sondern vernarrt ist und tatschlich vor lauter Fotografieren mit der Zeit die perverse Welt fr die einzig wahre nimmt. Die fotografieren begehen eines der gemeinsten Verbrechen, die begangen werden knnen, indem sie die Natur auf ihren Fotografien zu einer perversen Groteske machen. Die Menschen sind auf ihren Fotografien lcherliche, bis zur Unkenntlichkeit verschobene, ja verstmmelte Puppen, die erschrocken in ihre gemeinsame Linse starren, stumpfsinnig, widerwrtig. Das Fotografieren ist eine nieder-trchtige Leidenschaft, von welcher alle Erdteile und alle Bevlkerungsschichten erfat sind, eine Krankheit, von welcher die ganze Menschheit befallen ist und von welcher sie nie mehr geheilt werden kann.3)

    Thomas Bernhard

    1) Quote taken from an interview with Agns Varda on the occasion of the Austrian opening of her film Les Glaneurs et le Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) in Der Standard, Vienna, October 8, 2001

    2) Thomas Bernhard, Extinction, Chicago 1996.3) Thomas Bernhard, Auslschung, Frankfurt/M., 1988, mit freundlicher Genehmigung Suhrkamp Verlag.

    You have to give things a form, an order, so you can understand them better. And that is what you do when you make a film or engage in other artistic activity: you try to introduce order, at least temporarily, so as to clarify one or two questions because there is no way to grasp chaos in any case. I think that this is a way of tolerating the disorder in which we live or perceive the world.1)

    Agns Varda

    Il faut pouvoir donner une forme, un ordre aux choses pour mieux les comprendre ; cest aussi en cela que consiste la ralisation dun film ou toute autre activit artistique : nous essayons, du moins temporairement, dintroduire un ordre et dlucider ainsi une ou deux questions car on ne peut, de toute faon, saisir le tout chaotique. Je crois que cest une manire de supporter le dsordre dans lequel nous vivons ou sous la forme duquel nous ressentons le monde.

    Agns Varda

  • Peter Putz

    The Eternal ArchivesLes Archives ternelles

    Montral Tableaux 2015

    dedicated to my friends to the musicians and artists I collaborated with

    to the great folks in The Loftand to Luca

    merci bien & thx a zillion

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    The Eternal Archives were created by Peter Putz in 1980 and can be understood as a dynamic encyclopedia of contemporary identities. They are Austrias most comprehensive non-commercial, independent image database, with images dating from 1905 and a metadata index with detailed keyword referencing.

    The focus is on photographic note-taking: preserving traces of everyday activity, documenting and comparing a variety of places where people live and work Vienna and Montreal, Ebensee and Poznan, London, New York, Berlin, Lisbon, as well as Paris, Vandans, Baghdad and Rome.

    These photographic records interconnect to form a multi-facetted network of greatly differing realities, with particular attention being paid throughout to the profane, the normal, the ordinary and thus pointing out its importance. Images have been collated into thematic tableaux.

    The basic material used for the first group of Montreal tableaux were photographs taken in 1988/89 during the nine months Peter Putz spent as artist in residence at Concordia University in Montreal. The material used for the Montreal tableaux presented here are photographs that were taken in August 2015.

    Fondes en 1980 par Peter Putz, les Archives ternelles se comprennent comme une encyclopdie acclre de lidentit et de la ralit contemporaines, base sur la permanente note photogra-phique : relev des empreintes du quotidien, documentation et comparaison de divers espaces de vie et de travail portant une attention particulire sur laspect spectaculaire du non-spectaculaire.

    Les Archives ternelles se prsentent comme une mine de donnes comprenant des photos, des films et des vidos, des expositions dotes de tableaux grand format et dun site internet, mais aussi comme projet ouvert aux confrences, aux publications et aux ouvrages.

    Les matriaux de base qui ont servi la cration du premier groupe de tableaux de Montral taient des photograhpies prises par Peter Putz pendant un stage de neuf mois quil avait fait en tant quartiste rsident en 1988/89 lUniversit Concordia Montral. Les photographies qui ont servi la cration des tableaux de Montral prsents ici ont t prises en aot 2015.

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    Next 2 spreads: Mont Real Remix live performanceThe Topological Media Lab August 8th 2015 Concordia University, EV-Building Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Sarah Albu, voice Duncan Campbell, trumpet Felix Del Tredici, bass trombone Alex Kasirer-Smibert, bassFrancis Leduc-Blanger, trumpet Navid Navab, live electronics Peter Plessas, live electronics Elysha Poirier, live animation

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    1) Leslie Jamison, What Should an Essay Do? Two new collections reinvent the form, July 8, 2013 http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113737/solnit-faraway-nearby-and-orange-running-your-life

    Shaheen Merali is curator and writer, currently based in London. Previously, he was Head of Exhibitions, Film and New Media at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003-2008) where he curated several exhibitions accompanied by key publications, including The Black Atlantic; Dreams and Trauma Mov-ing images and the Promised Lands and Re-Imagining Asia, One Thousand years of Separation. Merali was the co-curator of the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2006). Upon leaving Germany he curated many exhibitions in India and Iran and then embarked upon a period of extensive research and consultation on the conservation and production of a major exhibition of the International Collection of the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2010- 2012). His recent exhibitions include Refractions, Moving Images on Palestine, P21 Gallery, London; When Violence becomes Decadent, ACC Galerie, Weimar; Speaking from the Heart, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam; (After) Love at Last Sight / Nezeket Ekici Retrospective, PiArtworks, London and Fragile Hands, University of Applied Arts Vienna.Merali has written catalogue essays on Agathe de Bailliencourt, Jitish Kallat, Sara Rahbar, TV Santhosh, Cai Yuan and JJ Xi (Madforeal) amongst others. www.shaheenmerali.com

    If you cannot put into words what you feel or believe, if you cannot, at the same time, contain what you know about the world, its spatial-ity or how the whole effects your day to day then what do you do?

    Do you seek the meditative possibilities of silence or gradually stage the possibilities beyond the unsayable?For many of such a disposition, the possible evolves in encroaching forms, bearing the marks of excavation from untamed imagi