The Speculative Archive (Julia Meltzer and David Thorne) is an artists duo living and working in Los Angeles that produces videos, installations, photographs and texts. Whereas their early works deliberated state secrets and the construction of history, the present focus of the duo’s work lays in how documents – pictures, texts, objects, bodies – produce and implement a specific image of a social future. Before, The Speculative Archive’s videos were screened at Kinomuseum, a special programme within the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (curated by Ian White), at Impakt Festival Utrecht and the Images Festival Toronto (award for best international video).
Within the series Visit The Speculative Archive will screen their videos Not a matter of if but when (32 min.) and We will live to see these things, or, five pictures of what may come to pass (47 min.). Both were shot in Damascus.
The event has been organised in cooperation with Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe.