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International Conference of the Artpool Art Research Center

February 20–21, 2020 Museum of Fine Arts, Schickedanz Hall, Budapest

Agustina Andreoletti | Zdenka Badovinac | David Crowley | Katalin Cseh-Varga | Mela Dávila Freire | Lina Džuverović | Meghan Forbes | Daniel Grúň | Sarah Haylett | John Held | Roddy HunterJudit Bodor | Jasna JakšićTihana Puc | Klara Kemp-Welch | Kaja Kraner | Emese Kürti | Karolina Majewska-Güde | Lívia Páldi | Henar Rivière | Sven Spieker | Kristine Stiles | Katalin Timár | Tomasz Załuski | Elisabeth Zimmermann

Kristine Stiles [Biography] [Lecture]

Snapshot from video recording of lecture by Kristine Stiles

Collecting the Future: Kristine Stiles’ Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, Methods, Theories, Self-and-Other Historicization, and a Special Focus on East European Artists


The act of collecting is one of amassing – in the present – an archive for the future without knowing the value that it might accrue on a yet unknown and capricious distant time. In this talk, Stiles reflects upon the decisions she made about collecting, in the now past-present, and the unpredictable effect the results of that collection had on the enigmatic changes in relationships that ensue over the decades. She will discuss her collecting habits; the collection’s theoretical relationship to the representation of self and others, which an archive inevitably produces; and the impact these practices have had on her and the East European artists and intellectuals she collected. She will also ponder how, when one arrives at the heretofore inscrutable future, the now of the past-present reveals the semi-transparent trace that augured that becoming.