GRAMMARS – ARCHIVING, Maniere Noir, Berlin



Grammars, 2010-2015, Frottagen Bleistift auf Papier, 21 x 29,7 cm

“ (…) Looking at the artefacts we can still hear in our imagination mechanical and rubbing sounds as an accompanying act during the recordings done on / to the paper. An “Act sans paroles” says Giorgetti after Beckett. Paper rolls expand and develop from top of the walls (Giorgetti, Montiel-Soto) and create accumulations of scripts. The gallery space turns out to be a place of active reading and seeing.
Albert Coers presents his “Grammars” piece (2010-15). Rubbing, a simple technique of printing, was often used in archaeology for getting the text(ure) of surfaces with a relief, for instance letters on tombstones. Here it is applied to covers of books with embossed titles, a series of grammar of languages that the reader is unlikely to have heard of, that seem unknown or even extinct, probably of regions in Africa or Asia. By doing so, the aspect of preserving and archiving of the languages and the books coincides, whereas, the names of the languages develop a poetry of its own. The rubbings originate from grammars found in the library of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, ZfL, Berlin.“ (Majla Zeneli)




ARCHIVING, APPROPRIATING LANGUAGE Series #6, 12. 6. – 1.7. 2015
Albert Coers, Chiara Giorgetti, Marco Montiel-Soto, Lena Oehmsen
curated by Majla Zeneli

Manière Noir
Waldenserstr. 7a
10551 Berlin