Mutant Matters

Lorenzo Sandoval & S.T.I.F.F.

Art Directors: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstraße 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

Leonie Schäfer (c)

Mutant Matters is one-of-a-kind device, commissioned by SAVVY Contemporary and produced by Lorenzo Sandoval and the architects collective S.T.I.F.F. (Florentin Steininger & Till-Moritz Ganssauge). It manifests a crossing point between an archival system and social space. The basic module of the dispositive is a chair, allowing for various configurations and combinations. Users can adjust the flexible, 'mutant' structure according to their needs and preferences. Different permutations of the modules result in a bookcase, shelf unit, archival solution, stage, or even an exhibition wall. The project seeks to offer a platform for socialization and the activation of the unique architectonical composition. Mutant Matters will be presented in a series of bimonthly sessions, curated by Sandoval & S.T.I.F.F.


Mutant Matters II

With: Luis Berrios-Negron and the editors of DiARTgonale Special Editions

Friday, February 21, 2014, 7.00pm

On February 21, SAVVY Contemporary presented an evening of questions that explore knowledge at its various points of entry. The discussion focused on the ways contemporary artists outside Europe were drawing on public archives as a resource for their work, and more broadly, the ways in which knowledge was transformed by our attempts to navigate it and to deploy it out into the world.

This evening welcomed Luis Berrios-Negrón to introduce his practice of archival investigations, as well as the editors of DiARTgonale to present the second in a series of publications devoted to the ongoing research of libraries and archives in Africa.

MUTANT MATTERS I (Presentation and Round-Table) took place on October 1, 2013 and focused on formulas underling the original concept and a set of references that inspired the project.

Images: Leonie Schäfer