Announcements, Georgia

Launch and Public Presentation of SERI(a) 3: Along the Lines

Posta da Kona, Tbilisi, Georgia. July 11th, 18:00–21:00

Microscopic structures of silk threads, the State Silk Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives

On July 11th from 18:00 through 21:00 at Posta da Kona, join the launch of SERI(a) 3: Along the Lines, the latest issue in the publication series by the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi. SERI(a), conceived by artist Olaf Nicolai in 2019, serves as an extension of the museum and aims to research and preserve the material and immaterial legacies of the Caucasian Sericulture Station. This publication acts as an international platform and archive for diverse documents on sericulture, edited and released irregularly by external curators.

Tim Ingold has developed the framework that served as the main inspiration for the third issue of SERI(a). In his writing, alongside other topics, Ingold focuses on the concept of a line: the basic and universal element that connects everything to everything, and everybody to everybody; a neural impulse that moves at the speed of light from our brains to our fingers; our imagination that can connect an unpleasant political event to a distant historical event; a mundane walk from your home to your work. Everything is made along lines.

The third issue of SERI(a) contains three travelogs across Eurasia:

— Pieter Paul Pothoven revisits Badakhshan, Afghanistan, tracing the logistics behind the precious pigment, Lapis lazuli.
— Olya Korsun encounters a craftswoman in Margilan, Uzbekistan, blending the real and the constructed.
— Rouzbeh Akhbari tells the story of an abandoned silk-producing factory in Gilan, Iran, which has become a refuge for migratory birds.

The launch will be accompanied with a screening of Olya Korsun’s film Threads of Support (2 min 52 secs, France, 2024) and a reading of Tim Ingold’s essay "Lines, Threads and Traces" (2020). Following the screening and reading, a discussion with Furqat Palvan-Zade, editor of SERI(a) 3: Along the Lines, will take place.

Concept: Nina Akhvlediani, Furqat Palvan-Zade
Editor: Furqat Palvan-Zade
Text: Rouzbeh Akhbari, Tim Ingold, Olya Korsun, Furqat Palvan-Zade, Salome Phachuashvili, Pieter Paul Pothoven
Graphic design: Timur Akhmetov
Publisher: Kona Books, Tbilisi 

Posta da Kona
Giorgi Mazniashvili 10
Tbilisi, Georgia