Welcome to the Museumslabor!

Winter Semester 2018/2019

During this 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 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 10th, 2019: Visit to the Museum of Islamic Art

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Meeting point:
Pergamon Museum
Cloakroom
Am Kupfergraben 5
10117 Berlin

January 24th, 2019: Talk - Tal Adler reflecting on the exhibition "Sharing Stories" at Weltmuseum Wien

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

February 7th, 2019: Open Forum

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

ARCHIVE

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.