Newy York, US

"But perhaps today that is what is more needed than anything else, to find and open spaces to sit and be together in our incompleteness, to abide together."

– Stevphen Shukaitis, “Refusing Completion: A Conversation”, e-flux journal #116, March 2021.

I’ve been thinking about the incompleteness of things: of thoughts, ideas, notes, collected research, texts.... and, specifically in the way it's talked about in this essay conversation between Fred Moten, Stefano Harvey and Stevphen Shukaitis in e-flux journal #116 (March 2021).

The last year has been a time where I felt the most scattered. Instead of resisting this scatteredness and ongoing sense of incompleteness with my projects and works, I'm embracing it. In the conversation between Moten, Harvey and Shukaitis, they also talk about time lags and rhythmic irregularities with writing and creating. Moten says, "We use the gaps and pauses as ways to think more clearly and more effectively with one another and by way of one another and past the separation of one another. There's a rhythm. Definitely. But it's an irregular rhythm." Thinking about this, together with amplified feelings of shared loneliness and isolation, is what inspired me to turn inward with my approach to archiving in the last year.

-Nechama Winston


Voice: Jason (Kyung) You

Text inspired by:
“Speech at the Second Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture”, 1937, Bertold Brecth
“The Incompletes”, 2019, Sergio Chejfec
“No More and No Less”, 2008, Mahmoud Darwish
“Why Socialism?”, May 1949, Albert Eienstein
“Consider Shadows”, 2019, Sean Green
“Breathe. As in. (shadow)”, 2019, Rosamond S. King
“The Statue of Liberty”, 1916, Alexandra Kollontai
“a brief meditation on breath”, 2020, Yesenia Montilla
“An Extraordinary Adventure”, 1914, Valdimir Mayakovsky
“And Could You?”, 1913, Vladimir Mayakovsky
“Past One O’Clock”, 1930, Vladimir Mayakovsky
“To All and Everything”, 1916, Vladimir Mayakovsky
“Refusing Completion: A Conversation”, March 2021, Fred Moten, Stefano Harvey, and Stevphen Shukaitis

Desktop Archives is an online publishing initiative and event series that showcases webworks from 10 different artists. The project is DIY and works outside of institutional networks. Together, the platform documents and archives unrests from the pandemic and the asynchronous, unequivalent emergences.

The platform is a growing archive and will have two editions in
June and November 2021. It will be accompanied by a series of artist talks.

Dates: June 30th 2021-February 28th, 2022
Online | Warsaw | Berlin 

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