DAI warmly congratulates Doreen Mende, faculty member since 2010, with the completion of her practice-based PhD in Curatorial / Knowledge at Goldsmiths College, London

16.02.14 | tags: London, Berlin

Doreen Mende works internationally as an exhibition-maker, curator, writer and theorist and is a highly esteemed theory tutor, project curator, project tutor and thesis advisor at the DAI since 2010.

Her running project at the DAI is ROAMING RESEARCH ACADEMY / TRAVELLING COMMUNIQUÉ: FROM BELGRADE, SEPTEMBER 5, 1961

Early 2015 DAI will publish a book entitled  On Violence, edited by Doreen Mende with contributions by guest tutors, alumni and students involved  in her seminar On Violence which took place at the DAI in 2012-2013.

'Exhibition-making resonates in the tradition of a western paradigm of light, spotlighting, enlightenment and making visible. It is legitimised by the claim for transparency which is a steadfastly rooted feature of the concept of western democracy. This is the environment where I want to locate my doubting, questioning and re-thinking of the exhibition's potential.' - The research is worked out in a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths in London with Genet, Godard, Derrida, Spivak, Cixous, Rogoff, Eshun and involving partly also own projects. This research has informed strongly a recent collective project called Double Bound Economies which tries to develop methodologies for unfolding an archival body of photographs from the GDR. From there, a fabric of relations emerges between formerly socialist regions in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and South America ('socialist internationlism'). I am interested in the work on this of other researcher, artists, archivists, curators, diplomats, historians, militants, and theorists'.

The title of Doreen Mende's practice based PhD thesis is 'The Itinerant.' Her advisors were Irit Rogoff and Kodwo Eshun.