Potential Estate
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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.
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.
Out of Print - Meeting Jean Ducat.
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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 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.

One hamburger at a time

« Our ancestors sold Manhattan for trinkets. Today with the acquisition of the Hard Rock cafes we’re going to buy Manhattan back one hamburger at a time. »

Press conference Seminole Tribe

Un peuple de potentialités

Yes, I believe that there is a multiple people, a people of mutants, a people of potentialities that appears and disappears, that is embodied in social, literary, and musical events (...)

Oui, je crois qu’il existe un peuple multiple, un peuple de mutants, un peuple de potentialités qui apparaît et disparaît, s’incarne en faits sociaux, en faits littéraires, en faits musicaux (...)

Félix Guattari

Flemish Bastard

Flemish Bastard aka Jan Smits aka John Smiths aka Canaqueese : metis Mohawk chief whose birth and death dates remain unknown. Son of a Mohawk mother and a Dutch father, he led war parties against the French and served as an intermediary between the French, Dutch, and English circa 1650-1687.

Source : Perrot, Nicolas. Ch. 15 of "Mémoire sur les moeurs, coustumes et religion des sauvages de l’Amérique Septentrionale" at Turning Points in Wis. History) ; see also "The Role of Chief Canaqueese in the Iroquois Wars" by Peter Lowensteyn

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