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'.