An online exhibition conceptualized by freethought


An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives was first presented as an exhibition at Bergen Assembly, Bergen in 2016. The 2021 digital iteration of the project has been realized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht on to inaugurate a research trajectory Spectral Infrastructure (2021−2023) with freethought at BAK.

Concept and Text: Irit Rogoff and Nora Sternfeld for freethought

Interviews: Curatorial/Knowledge, Goldsmiths, University of London, London; CuMMa, Aalto University Helsinki, Helsinki; and members of freethought

Camera: Jenny Brady, Frederic Detjens, Farbod Fakrharzadeh, Tulik Galon, Jamie Quantrill, and Niko Nurmi

Translation and Editing: Sarai Kirchner (Hebrew/English) and Miguel Martins (Portuguese/English)

Research: Lucy Sames

Produced and Realized by: Lucy Beech, Farbod Fakharzadeh, Henna Haari, Helena Hyvönen, Niko Nurmi, and Lucy Sames

Digital Concept and Design: Sean van den Steenhoven

Digital Exhibition Produced and Realized by: Thomas Orbon with Babak Fakhamzadeh

English Language Editing: Aidan Wall

English-Dutch Language Translation: Loes van Beuningen and Olga Leonhard

The realization of the project and exhibition An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives (2016) has been made possible by Bergen Assembly, Bergen and with additional funding by Norden, Nordic Culture Point, Kulturkontakt Nord, and Danish Agency for Culture.

The digital rendering of An Anecdoted Archive of Exhibition Lives (2021) has been realized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht whose activities have been made possible with the support of Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the City of Utrecht.



Kutluğ Ataman, Küba, video installation, 2005

Lawrence Wright, “Captured on Film, Can dissident filmmakers effect change in Syria?,” The New Yorker (15 May 2006)

Daniel Spoerri, An Anecdoted Topography of Chance, 1962

Rabindranath Tagore, Visva Bharati University (tr. “the communion with the world”), Santiniketan, Bengal (founded 1921)

AbdouMaliq Simone, “Pirate Towns: Reworking Social and Symbolic: Infrastructures in Johannesburg and Douala,” Urban Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, (February 2006)