Potential Estate
The most public secret society inspiring new folk rhymes

Adam Leech : "The Historian of Brussels, Illinois" (video, 2007, 4 min)

Zurich’s experimental film festival Videoex invites Potential Estate. Cabinet Voltaire consists in a compilation of videos shown in the context of previous Cabinets or selected for this event. All of them are premières in Switzerland. Next to Potential Estate’s collective film, the program includes films by guests artists Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin (F), Brian Springer (USA) and David Robbins (USA). The programs will be introduced by a member of Potential Estate. Videoex runs from May 21 to May 29. Potential Estate’s screening dates are to be announced soon.

Since 2006 Potential Estate has been developing a mobile, pars pro toto format – a Cabinet – in which knowledge dilutes itself into tales. Each Cabinet is a chapter in a plurivocal narrative whose epilogue is continually postponed. Using auctions, drinking games, bowling alleys, films, t-shirts and rodeos, Potential Estate invoke the ghosts of forgotten Modern figures, who often appear to them as venomous tricoloured snakes.

Each Cabinet is the chapter of a plurivocal narrative. One could already come across the ghosts of pedagogist Joseph Jacotot, communard geographer Élisée Reclus, multiple pseudonym Wally Hope, fourierist anarchist Marie-Adèle Anciaux, Hopi priest Cleo Jurino and artworks of guest artists Seth Price, Joe Scanlan, Jimmie Durham and David Robbins just to quote a few of them.


Featured articles

Traduire - Traduire c’est s’installer dans l’espace de l’équivoque et l’habiter.
Among the Sphinxes - Notes* on the work of Brian Springer
The Disappointment; Or, The Force of Credulity - “An unexpected masterpiece.” — Grady Hendrix, New York Sun
David Bald Eagle - A short biography.
The Significance of the Frontier in American History - Historian Frederick Jackson Turner presented this paper to a special meeting of the American Historical Association at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. His assessment of the frontier’s significance was the first of its kind and revolutionized American intellectual and historical thinking.
Jurino Rodeo - 10 spet 2009 - JOAN JONAS "The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things" ⁂ Unique screening - European Première ⁂ + Yeeeeeha!

" My brain is frozen. I have to break free from this culture of mechanical reproduction and the thick incrustration who die on the surface "

in « House of 10.000 corpses », Rob Zombie, 2003.

What about the museum? - Muhka is not a mud museum.
Ghost Dance - At the end of the 19th century Thomas Edison filmed « Ghost Dance », one of the first films ever made and the first filmic record of ‘authentic’ American Indians.
What’s in a name - In Cochiti (a New Mexican pueblo) Aby Warburg (Hamburg, 1866-1929) spoke to a Hopi priest named Cleo Jurino.
The distribution of The Crying of Potential Estate (Blank Version) - Potential Estate announces the distribution of The Crying of Potential Estate (Blank Version), a film of murder, money and multiplicity.
Newsletter 01 : Show & Tell - Dear Barbara, Dear Philippe,
Current roadmap of empowerment - Mapping us, time as neighbourhood, positions and statistics.
The road* - «In our eyes, a car club is an organization of friends ! A brotherhood ! A union of hard working blue collar laborers just building their rides with what they got and willing to help build each other cars, not buy them built!»
Rascals Car Club, 2001
Quelques notes abandonnées sur un coin de table un mardi matin - Fabriquer des écarts, défaire des temporalités, actualiser nos ruses.
Anal. map - You and our other visitors coming from 106 cities.
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Who are they?
Potential Estate is a temporary alliance that designs residential spaces and narratives. It operates along models of self-organization and mutual inclusion. This practice is highlighted in a number of Potential Estate activities : cabinets, public events and the present website.

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Potential Estate announces the distribution of The Crying of Potential Estate (Blank Version), a film of murder, money and multiplicity.


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A Secret Langage

It will speak a secret language and leave behind documents not of edification but of paradox.

 Hugo Ball, Flight out of Time

A Note on Names and Naming

(...) Through something like Brecht’s estrangement-effect, naming as renaming can provide insight into what we call history, its making no less than its retelling, especially history of the spirits of the dead as the mark of nation and state, but I have in mind, by renaming, something else as well - namely the evocation of a fictive nation-state in place of real ones so as to better grasp the elusive nature of stately being. After all it is not only the writer of fiction who fuses reality with dreamlike states. This privilege also belongs, as Kafka thaught, to the being-in-the-world of the modern state itself.

Michael Taussig, preface to The Magic of The State, Routledge, 1997.

Don’t forget
Le pluralisme des forces constituantes
 "Si tout vient de l’identité et si tout y vise et y va, quelle est la source de ce fleuve de variétés qui nous éblouit ? Soyons-en certains, le fond des choses n’est pas si pauvre, si terne, si décoloré qu’on le suppose. Les types ne sont que des freins, les lois ne sont que des digues vainement opposées au débordement des différences révolutionnaires, intestines, où s’élaborent en secret les lois et les types de demain, et qui, malgré la superposition de leurs jougs multiples, malgré la discipline chimique et vitale, malgré la raison, malgré la mécanique céleste, finissent un jour, comme les hommes d’une nation, par emporter toutes les barrières et par se faire de leurs débris même un instrument de diversité supérieure" Gabriel Tarde

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