Guided tour, lecture and discussion

• 30​ 04​ 2019 •
Fugitive Futurity – Archives as performative practice MEMORY LAB #1


17:30 – 18:30 Archives of Migration – Guided Tour of the DOMiD Archive

With members of the DOMiD team

Meeting point: DOMiD – Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany
Location: Venloer Str. 419, 50825 Cologne
In german language
Free admission

Registration required by 25 4 2019 at service@domid.org

19:00 Fugitive Futurity – Archives as Performative Practice
With NURAY DEMIR, KATRIN SCHAUMBURG and VANESSA THOMPSON

Location: artrmx e.V., Hospeltstr. 69, 50825 Cologne
In german language
Free admission


In recent years, (post-)migrant, racialized and multi-marginalized social groups and movements in Europe have increasingly introduced demands for the decolonization of remembrance policies into urban space. Dominant forms of memory are thus being challenged. In her lecture, VANESSA THOMPSON is dealing with living archives. Building on black, migrant and postcolonial feminist critique as well as reflections on the politics of fugitivity, she discusses the (im)possibilities of performative decolonization, considering the current workings of postcolonial power relations and the logic of inclusion. The artist NURAY DEMIR provides insights into her artistic practice and discusses the role of archives in the immaterial heritage of postmigrant society through her work Kein schöner Archiv (Not a beautiful archive), which she co-developed with Michael Annoff. This kind of heritage is kept alive by the repetition and transmission of living culture. It cannot be locked away in a showcase. The scholar and the artist will be joined by KATRIN SCHAUMBURG, a DOMiD employee, and the moderator AURORA RODONÒ to discuss the field of tension between volatile performative archive practices and classical archives. The event is preceded by a guided tour of the DOMiD at 17:30.

NURAY DEMIR studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, the Ècole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille and the Academy of Art in Vienna. She realizes projects as an artist/curator at and with various institutions, including the Kampnagel in Hamburg, the HAU/Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, the Vienna festival Wiener Festwochen and District Berlin. Since 2018, Nuray Demir has been cooperating with Michael Annoff on the project Kein schöner Archiv (Not a beautiful archive).

VANESSA E. THOMPSON is a research assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Her research and teaching focuses on critical studies of racism and migration, gender and queer studies, intersectionality, postcolonial/decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, black studies (with a special focus on Black Europe), theories and critiques of securitization, as well as transformative justice.

KATRIN SCHAUMBURG is a research assistant at the Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD e.V.), where she works on museum, collection and participation concepts as an exhibition curator. Her PhD thesis deals with female agency in a South African township.

Since 1990, the DOMiD (Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany) has been collecting and preserving materials on the history of migration. Its collection of social, everyday and cultural historical testimonies is unique nationwide. The association is now planning to establish a migration museum. In 2018, the DOMiD also opened a virtual museum that uses a digital app to turn the history of migration into an interactive experience.

AURORA RODONÒ is a freelance cultural worker in the fields of art, film, migration and anti-racism. She also lectures at the Institute for Art and Art Theory/University of Cologne. From 2012 to 2014, she was a project consultant at the Academy of the Arts of the World; from 2003 to 2006, a research assistant at the research and exhibition venture Project Migration (Cologne 2005). She participates in the initiative 'Unravelling NSU Complex' Tribunal.


The Memory Lab is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

In cooperation with artrmx e.V.

A series of events of the Akademie der Künste der Welt in cooperation with DOMiD – Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany