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Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61) Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections

Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61)

Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections

Orra White Hitchcock, drawing of strata near Valenciennes, 1828–40, pen and ink on linen, (1 of 61)

Courtesy of Amherst College Digital Collections


paginated exhibition series


The intercalations: paginated exhibition series is conceived as a curatorial-editorial space to both host and critically reflect on the collaborations among members and affiliates of SYNAPSE – The 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. 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 will gradually establish a compact library of its own by asking how the Anthropocene thesis urges us to rethink traditional fields of knowledge. Whereas each publication focuses on one distinct topic, the series as a whole seeks to confront the entangled relationships of inherited distinctions. When explored as “intercalations,” binary categories such as 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 developed by SYNAPSE members Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin. Edited in association with Kirsten Einfeldt and Daniela Wolf, and designed with Katharina Tauer, the series is published and distributed internationally by K. and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt as both printed matter and an open access, web-based editions. The collaborations fostered in the series are further developed through international events to occasion institutional partnerships and meaningful participation in larger event structures such as art and architecture biennales and thematically related exhibitions.


_ Out Now:

1  Fantasies of the Library

… is a sequence of pages wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns, rather surprisingly—but with growing conviction—that the library is not only a curatorial space, but that its bibliological imaginary is also a fertile territory for the exploration of paginated affairs in the Anthropocene.

With contributions by Kirsten Einfeldt, Adam Hyde, Erin Kissane, Hammad Nasar, Megan Shaw Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Anna-Sophie Springer, Charles Stankievech, Etienne Turpin, Andrew Norman Wilson, Daniela Wolf, and Joanna Zylinska. Published in January 2015.


2  Land & Animal & Nonanimal

… is an ensemble which contends that the meaning of the Anthropocene is less a geological re-formation than it is trans-formation of both land and animal; once exposed to some of the parameters defining this transition, the reader-as-exhibition-viewer may begin to discern erratic rhythms generated by the creatures of nonconformity that inhabit, with their violence, struggles, and love the vast, machinic reality called Earth. 

With contributions by Mitch Akiyama, Bianca Baldi, Seth Denizen, Thom van Dooren, Natasha Ginwala, Arvo Leo, Richard Pell & Lauren Allen (Center for Postnatural History), Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne, Robert Zhao Renhui (Institute of Critical Zoology), and Axel Strachhnoy. Published in January 2015.


3  Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago

… unfolds an itinerant encounter with nineteenth-century European naturalists in the Malay world, where the theory of evolution by natural selection emerged alongside less celebrated concerns about mass extinction and climate change; by re-considering the reverse hallucinatory condition of colonial science in the tropics—how scientists learned to not see what was manifestly present—the reader-as-exhibition-viewer may exhume from the remains of this will to knowledge an ethical conviction of particular relevance for confronting forms of neocolonization in the Anthropocene.

With contributions by Akademi Drone Indonesia, George Beccaloni, Iwank Celenk, Lucy Davis, Fred Langford Edwards, Christina Leigh Geros, Matthias Glaubrecht, Geraldine Juarez, Radjawali Irendra, James Russell, Mark von Schlegell, SLAVE PIANOS, Anna-Sophie Springer, Zenzi Suhadi, Paulo Tavares, Rachel Thompson, Etienne Turpin, Satrio Wicaksono. Published in February 2017.


4  The Word for World is Still Forest

... creates a space for the reader-as-exhibition-viewer to consider how forests may be seen not only for their trees, but also how they can enable experiences of elegance, affirmation, and creation for a multitude of creatures. in response to their violent destruction, which characterizes the Anthropocene, these pages traverse various woodlands by way of their semiotic, socio-political, historical, and epistemic incitements in order to reveal how practices of care, concern, and attention also enable humans to inhabit and flourish in this world as forest.

With contributions by Sandra Bartoli, Kevin Beiler, Shannon Castleman, Dan Handel, Katie Holten, Elise Hunchuck, Eduardo Kohn, Ursula K. Le Guin, Silvan Linden, Yanni A. Loukissas, Pedro Neves Marques, Paulo Tavares, Abel Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez, Suzanne Simard, Anna-Sophie Springer, Catalina Vargas Tovar, Etienne Turpin. Published in February 2017.



_ Forthcoming Titles  

5  Decapitated Economies

… is a book of provocation, wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns that the “head,” despite its interminable rule over the body, necessarily underestimates sophistication of corporeal desire when such desire is released in accord with the principles of a general economy.      

Contributors and release date TBA


6  These Birds of Temptation

… a queer refrain, populated with both acoustical lines of flight and the sorrows of captivity; this book, wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns that the minor science of ornithology is as preoccupied with the flirtations and allopreening of avifauna as it is with their taxonomical domination, completes our first cycle of publications.

Contributors and release date TBA


_ About the Co-Publisher & Series Co-Editors

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Located in the capital city of Berlin, it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. Visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media are all linked in an interdisciplinary program that is unique in Europe. Fostering the dialogue between the arts and the sciences with projects like “Über-Lebenskunst,” “The Anthropocene Project” and “On Research,” HKW is currently one of the key cultural protagonists in the multidisciplinary field. SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network, a project developed by Kirsten Einfeldt and Daniela Wolf, in cooperation with the Ernst Schering Foundation, takes up current topics at the intersection of the arts and sciences in curatorial theory and practice. After a first edition with international workshops and productions in 2011, the SYNAPSE workshop focused on the Anthropocene thesis during its second manifestation in 2013.

Etienne Turpin is Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, designing, curating, and writing about complex urban systems, art and visual culture, and colonial-scientific history. He is a Research Scientist with the MIT Urban Risk Lab, founding director of anexact office in Jakarta, and Co-Principal Investigator of Reassembling the Natural.

Anna-Sophie Springer is a curator, writer, and the co-director of K. Verlag. Her practice merges curatorial, editorial, and artistic commitments by stimulating fluid relations among images, artifacts, and texts in order to produce new geographical, physical, and cognitive proximities, often in relation to historical archives and the book-as-exhibition. Sophie is Co-Principal Investigator of Reassembling the Natural and currently conducting research for her Ph.D. on the financialization of nature and natural history exhibitions in times of ecological collapse at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London.



intercalations is a project of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network and part of "The Anthropocene Project" at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. 

The book series is made possible through the Schering Stiftung.



intercalations 04: These Birds of Temptation

intercalations 04: These Birds of Temptation


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