Willkommen im Museumslabor! - Welcome to the Museumslabor!

Sommersemester 2019

Thematischer Fokus: Arbeiten an den Peripherien von Museen
Museen sind keine stabilen Institutionen, sie werden ständig durch Verbindungen zu anderen Menschen, Institutionen, Netzwerken und Praktiken koproduziert. Im Rahmen des Museumslabors werden wir in diesem Semester die Peripherien von Museen erkunden. Wie sehen sie aus? Welche Verbindungen entstehen hier? Wer fördert oder hemmt die Arbeit in ihnen? Welche Arten von Wissen entstehen? Wo und wie reisen sie durch Museen in Berlin? Und wo bleiben sie stecken?

Das Museumslabor ist ein offenes Forum für Praktiker*innen, Studierenden, Forscher*innen und allen anderen, die an der Schnittstelle von Theorie und Praxis im Kulturbetrieb arbeiten.

Für Fragen oder Vorschläge kontaktieren Sie bitte Christine Gerbich oder Chiara Garbellotto.

***English version ***

Thematic focus: Working on the peripheries of Museums

Museums are no stable institutions, but are constantly co-produced through connections to other people, institutions, networks and practices. During this semester’s Museum Lab we are going to explore the peripheries of museums. What are they looking like? What kinds of connections emerge here? Who fosters or inhibits practices in them? What kinds of knowleges emerge? Where and how do such knowledges travel through museums? How are they translated? And where do they get stuck in dead ends?

The Museum Lab is open to practitioners, students, researchers and those working in the intersection of theory and practice.

In case of questions or suggestions please contact Christine Gerbich or Chiara Garbellotto.

June 6th, 2019: Gün at Museum for European Cultures

Gün is Turkish for “day” and at the same time a term for a meeting among friends where you eat and drink together and get into a conversation.

Taking up this idea, we are going to meet at the Museum for European Cultures in Dahlem. After a joint walk through its permanent exhibition, we are going to discuss over a joint picnic with professionals working in the Museum about its work on the peripheries of Berlin.

We’re meeting at 4 p.m. at the entrance (Arnimallee 25, 14195 Berlin).
Please bring your own snacks, drinks will be provided.

May 23rd, 2019: Lost in translation?!

This session will be devoted to the concept of translation:

What if we think about museums as spaces in which knowledge needs to be translated between different “cultures”? What acts of translation are visible and which go unnoticed? Who is translating and through which channels? What’s the scale of translation? What kinds of resources are allocated to it? And finally, is “translation” the right term? What if people already speak the same language?

After brief theoretical inputs based on the works of Homi Bhabha and Leigh Star & James Griesemer we are going to discuss these and other questions along examples from practice.

You are welcome to join in! In case of questions or suggestions please contact Christine Gerbich or Chiara Garbellotto.

Since the Museum Lab is run by an international group of researchers and practicioners sessions our main language is English. If you would like to participate, but struggle with English, please let organizers know in advance and we will very happily offer help.

Dates for future sessions: June 6th || July 4th

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location:
CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

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Winter Semester 2018/2019

During the semester’s Museumslabor we are continuing our practice of joint exhibition visits and reflections, and invite people who wish to
present parts of their research to a professional audience.

Suggestions about exhibitions to visit or people to invite will be
discussed during our first session on October 25th – join in!

The Museumslabor is open to researchers, practicioners and those working in the intersection of theory and practice.

In case of any questions, please contact Christine Gerbich or Larissa Förster.

 

October 25th, 2018. Planning Session

Join in from 4 – 6 p.m. if you have any suggestions about exhibitions to visit or people to invite!

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location:

CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 408
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

November 8th, 2018: Visit to Untie to Tie at ifa-Gallery

***German version below***

Dear colleagues,

thanks to all of you who contributed their suggestions for this semester’s Museum lab. We are going to meet every second Thursday from 4-6 p.m to experience together a large range of different exhibitions.

We’ll start this Thursday, November 8th at ifa-Gallery to see the exhibition

UNTIE TO TIE

“With the transdisciplinary project Untie to Tie (2017–20), ifa Gallery Berlin invites visitors to take part in a discourse on colonial legacies, movement, migration and environment. ifa Gallery Berlin acts as a space of encounter; as a platform for subjective narratives that query the status quo and the construction of a normative universality.
The first phase, On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies (2017–18), reflected on the impacts of colonial structures that have formed modern societies and continue to globally influence our realities and our everyday life today.
Following this, the second phase Movement.Bewegung (2018–19) perceives diversity and plurality as essential features that make it possible to grasp the present as an ever-changing reality. The programme encourages thinking beyond colonial borders, be they mental or territorial. Movement and migration are understood as natural, permanent phenomena, as emancipatory processes that facilitate interactions between people.
The four consecutive exhibitions of Movement.Bewegung are accompanied by a public programme, including a series of encounters with a focus on performances, sound art and theatre.
Concept: Alya Sebti” (see untietotie.org).

Jonas Tinius, together with Nikola Hartl from ifa-gallery will provide useful insights about the exhibition which has already on display in Dakar.

It’s going to be an interesting trip – so bring your colleagues, friends, or significant others!

Meeting point: 4 p.m at
ifa-Galerie Berlin – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Linienstr. 139-140
10115 Berlin–Mitte
(in front of the Gallery, free entrance fee)

All best
Christine and Larissa

***Deutsche Version***

Liebe Kolleg*innen,

vielen Dank an alle, die beim letzten Mal ihre Vorschläge für die diessemestrigen Planungen eingebracht haben. Wir werden in diesem Semester jeden zweiten Donnerstag von 16-18 Uhr ganz unterschiedliche Ausstellungen besuchen und darüber ins Gespräch kommen.

Beginnen werden wir an diesem Donnerstag, den 8.11.2018 um 16 Uhr mit einer Ausstellung in der ifa-Galerie:

UNTIE TO TIE – mehr Informationen finden sich in englischer Sprache untietotie.org (Achtung: nicht auf der Website der ifa-Galerie!).

Unser CARMAH-Kollege Jonas Tinius sowie Nikola Hartl werden uns einige Hintergrundinformationen zur Ausstellung geben, die bereits in Dakar gezeigt wurde. Es verspricht interessant zu werden – Kolleg*innen, Freund*innen oder signifikante Andere sind selbstverständlich eingeladen zu uns zu stoßen!

Treffpunkt: 16 Uhr vor der Galerie;
Adresse:
ifa-Galerie Berlin – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Linienstr. 139-140
10115 Berlin–Mitte
Der Eintritt ist kostenfrei.

Herzlich
Christine und Larissa

November 22nd, 2018: Visit to Naturkundemuseum

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Meeting point:
Naturkundemuseum
Entry space
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

December 6th, 2018: Exhibition visit: "Alles Zucker! Nahrung – Werkstoff – Energie" at Deutsches Technikmuseum

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Meeting Point:
Deutsches Technikmuseum
Entry Space
Trebbiner Straße 9
10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

December 20th, 2018: Exhibition visit: The Dead as far as [ ] can remember” at Tieranatomischs Theater

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Meeting point:
Tieranatomisches Theater
Entry space
Philippstraße 12/13
10115 Berlin

January 17th, 2019: Visit to the Museum of Islamic Art

Access curators John-Paul Sumner and Sarah Maupeu invite us to reflect together about ways of representing and communicating the arts and cultures of Muslim-dominated countries of the past.

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Meeting point:
Pergamon Museum
Cloakroom
Am Kupfergraben 5
10117 Berlin

We thank the Museum of Islamic Art for providing free entry to this session.

January 24th, 2019: Presentations by Tal Adler (Traces) and Rikke Gram (CARMAH)

We welcome you to hear and discuss Tal Adler’s presentation on: “The Sharing Stories Project at the Weltmuseum Wien: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.

After this, we are going to have the chance to get insights into Rikke Gram’s research on the project Multaka, which was conducted between 2016-2017, and to reflect on what subjects from this study could be interesting to be taken up in the future. For a short insight into her work, please see the Carmah Reflections: http://www.carmah.berlin/reflections/multaka-tours-in-the-pergamon/

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location:
CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

February 7th, 2019: Visit to "diversCity! Queer in Schöneberg und anderswo" at Jugend Museum Schöneberg

Our last session will take place in the exhibition diversCity, which has been organized as part of the project ALL INCLUDED!
This exhibition has been set up to introduce people to different dimensions of diversity and to reflect their own perspectives on the issue.

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location:
Jugend Museum
Hauptstraße 40 /42
10827 Berlin

CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 408
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

 

 

Summer Semester 2018

The Museumlabor’s motto was ‘Participate!’

We critically reflected about the concept of participation: How has the concept been theorized? What kinds of participation do we encounter in museums in Berlin in 2018? Can all kinds of interaction in museums be described as ‘participation’ – or do we need to expand our vocabulary? How is the concept politically mobilized? What assumptions are being made about ‘the public’, and who is actually participating? Is it just people? Or can objects participate, too?

Meetings took place biweekly.

 

July 12th. Visit to "Zurückgeschaut" in Bezirksmuseum Treptow

This week’s museumslabor will take place at Bezirksmuseum Treptow, 12487 Berlin, Sterndamm 102, where we will have a guided tour through the exhibition

“ZURÜCKGESCHAUT – Die Erste Deutsche Kolonialausstellung 1896”

co-curated by Bezirksmuseum Treptow-Köpenick and Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD)

for further information, please check https://www.museum-treptow-koepenick.de/

In case of further questions, please contact Christine Gerbich.

June 27th. Reading Session

This week we’ll discuss Irit Rogoff’s seminal text “Looking Away: Participations in Visual Culture. In: Gavin Butt, ed. After Criticism—New Responses to Art and Perfomance.”

For download available at:

https://kvelv.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/irit_rogoff_looking_away_participations_in_visual_culture.pdf

In case of further questions, please contact Christine Gerbich.

May 30th. Reading Session

This week we are going to discuss introduction to Barbara Cruikshank’s book ‘The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects.’

Everybody is invited to join the discussion. For any questions, please contact Christine Gerbich.

Location:

CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

May 17th. Visit to FHXB - Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum

This week we are going to visit the exhibition “Ortsgespräche” at FHXB – an exhibition developed in close collaboration with people from the district.

Exhibition free of charge.

In case you have not been yet to Museumslabor but would like to join in, please contact Christine Gerbich.

May 2nd. Reading & Reflecting Session

Location:

CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

For more information, please contact Christine Gerbich.

April 19th. Visit to [sound] Listening to the World Humboldt-Box (Berlin-Mitte)

Exhibition free of charge.

In case you would like to join in, please contact Christine Gerbich.

 

 

Winter Semester 2017/2018

How is knowledge about the past of Eastern and Western Germany and other former socialist states constructed in Berlin’s museums and heritage sites? Throughout this semester, we will take up the IfEE-Institutskolloquium‘s theme and engage with these sites to analyze them with regard to this question.

During this brown-bag-lunch-session we are going to reflect and discuss experiences collected at the DDR-Museum. Don’t worry if you haven’t been part of the experience – you will have the chance to speeddate some of its visitors.

Drinks included, please bring your own snacks.

Join in!

 

February 23rd. Final Session

For our final session of this term’s Museumslabor we will discuss our experiences from our many museum (or memorial) visits as a group, as well as exchange ideas and expectations for the summer term’s Museumslabor.

February 8th. Visit to Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

Together we will visit the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen with a guided tour.

Please note: This is not free of charge, it will cost 10-15 € depending on the number of participants.

Meeting point: 1.50 p.m. at the entrance gate.

In case you would like to join in, please contact Christine Gerbich.

Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen – Further Information here.

 

January 26th. Presentation by Philipp Schorch (Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden)

Attempting to Materialise Two Germanys: (Post)colonial Exhibitions and the ‘Cold Odyssey’ of Objects between East and West

Many, if not most, will be familiar with the Humboldt Forum currently under development in Berlin, which attempts to reconfigure the rebuilt Berliner Schloss as a museum forum for the world. Most, if not all, will know that modern Germany was separated into two–the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, and the Federal Republic of Germany, or West Germany–by the victorious allies after World War II up until its reunification in 1990. What is less known, however, is how postcolonial history as well as the corresponding histories of anthropology and ethnographic museums evolved differently in East and West Germany due to the different, ideologically-driven perspectives on a common past.In tracing this complex story, this paper extends the material-spatial (re)writing of history beyond the building, as the Humboldt Forum, to explore the internal process of museum exhibitions. In doing so, I show how the Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (now Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig), located in the East, reconstructed its Pacific exhibition in 1969/70 and, through this, rewrote (East) Germany’s (post)colonial relationship with the Pacific. The paper then proceeds to a particular collection, the so-called Leningrad-Sammlung, which was taken on a ‘cold odyssey’ from the Königliches Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin (now Ethnologisches Museum Berlin) to Leningrad, Leipzig and back to Berlin between 1945-1992. The socio-political life of this collection is then broken down to the level of objects, through which the political-symbolic trajectory–separation, odyssey, reunification–became materialised. At the same time, as will be shown, it is the stubborn persistence of material presences–museum exhibitions, collections, and objects–which resisted the de/reformation by totalising ideological prescriptions, and ultimately rendered their discursive utopian ambition materially and spatially impossible.

 

Philipp Schorch – Curriculum Vitae

Philipp Schorch is Head of Research and Exhibitions, State Ethnographic Collections Saxony, Germany, and Honorary Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia. He received his PhD from the Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, and held fellowships at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg – Institute of Advanced Study, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany (Marie Curie, European Commission). Philipp is co-editor of the volumes Transpacific Americas: Encounters and Engagements between the Americas and the South Pacific (Routledge, 2016) and Curatopia: Museums and the Future of Curatorship (Manchester University Press, 2018).

January 11th. Visit to Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer

Together we will visit the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer with a guided tour by Sarah Bornhorst

Meeting point: 15.50 at the visitor centre, Bernauer Straße 119 (Bernauer Straße at the corner of Gartenstraße, opposite the entrance to S-Bahnhof “Nordbahnhof”).

In case you would like to join in, please contact Christine Gerbich.

May 9th, 2019: What do we mean by "organization", "translation", "unlearning"?

*** for English version scroll down ***

In dieser Sitzung werden wir unsere Diskussion über die theoretischen Konzepte fortsetzen, die für das Museumslabor in diesem Semester relevant sind, wie z.B. “Peripherien”, “Wissen”, “Lernen”, “Verlernen”, “Museum/Organisation”, “Übersetzung”. Die Diskussionen werden durch kurze, literaturbasierte Inputs von Museumslaborierenden inspiriert.

Interesse? Dann kommen Sie einfach vorbei oder schicken Sie für Rückfragen eine Mail an die Organisator*innen Christine Gerbich oder Chiara Garbellotto .

Zeit: 16-18 Uhr
Ort: CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

***English version***

During this session we are going to continue our discuss on some of the theoretical concepts underlying this semester’s museum lab, such as
“peripheries”, “knowledge”, “learning”, “unlearning”, “museum/organization”, “translation”. Discussions will be inspired by brief, literature based inputs provided my Museum Lab members.

Interested? Just drop in or send a mail to the organizers Christine Gerbich oder Chiara Garbellotto.

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location:
CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

April 25th, 2019: What do we mean by "peripheries", "knowledge", "learning"?

*** for English version scroll down ***

In dieser Sitzung werden wir einige der theoretischen Konzepte diskutieren, die für das Museumslabor in diesem Semester relevant sind, wie z.B. “Peripherien”, “Wissen”, “Lernen”, “Verlernen”, “Museum/Organisation”, “Übersetzung”. Die Diskussionen werden durch kurze, literaturbasierte Inputs von Museumslaborierenden inspiriert.

Interesse? Dann kommen Sie einfach vorbei oder schicken Sie für Rückfragen eine Mail an die Organisator*innen Christine Gerbich oder Chiara Garbellotto .

Zeit: 16-18 Uhr
Ort: CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

***English version***

During this session we are going to discuss some of the theoretical concepts underlying this semester’s museum lab, such as
“peripheries”, “knowledge”, “learning”, “unlearning”, “museum/organization”, “translation”. Discussions will be inspired by brief, literature based inputs provided my Museum Lab members.

Interested? Just drop in or send a mail to the organizers Christine Gerbich oder Chiara Garbellotto.

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location:
CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

April 11th, 2019: Planning Session // gemeinsam Pläne schmieden

In unserer ersten Sitzung am Donnerstag, den 11. April 2019 werden wir konkrete Vorschläge sammeln, welche Ausstellungen wir besuchen werden, mit welchen Personen wir kooperieren möchten und welche Formate wir erproben möchten. Wir freuen uns über alle, die Lust haben, mitzumachen.

Zeit: 16-18 Uhr
Ort: CARMaH – Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

Zur Vorbereitung schlagen wir folgenden Text vor:
Yanow, Dvora (2004): Translating Local Knowledge at Organizational Peripheries. In: Br J Management 15 (S1), S. 9-25. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2004.00397.
Der Text steht zum download auf moodle zur Verfügung.

******English version*****

For the first session, we suggest the following article which is also available on the Museum Lab’s moodle:
Yanow, Dvora (2004): Translating Local Knowledge at Organizational Peripheries. In: Br J Management 15 (S1), S. 9-25. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2004.00397.

During this first session we collect suggestions for readings, exhibitions to visit, people to invite, or any formats to experiment with, so please join in!

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location:
CARMaH –
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Room 409
Möhrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin

We suggest the following reading for preparation:
Yanow, Dvora (2004): Translating Local Knowledge at Organizational Peripheries. In: Br J Management 15 (S1), S. 9-25. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2004.00397.
This text can be downloaded on moodle.