Lecture online – Nicola Kritzinger: The Journey of a man with a fish

After the Conference WORKING ON THINGS in November 2016 researcher Nicola Kritzinger here presents her paper The Journey of a man with a fish here in a YouTube Video.

‘An unassuming, seemingly rudimentary ceramic figure sits in storage for years, surrounded by innumerable objects also relegated to containers. Even in its apparent silence and obscurity, thepresence and displacement of this object reveals something of an expansive history; various social histories, including a number political eras from the imperial, to the colonial, and eventual democracy; and relates something of the construction of value systems for art, objects and museums across these periods. It hints at the work implicit in every museum object.’

CONF : Working on Things (Berlin, 21-22 Nov 16)

 

Working on Things. On the Social, Political, and Economic History of Collected Objects

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Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1/3, 10117 Berlin

Venue : Lecture Hall of the main library at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 21 – 22, 2016
Registration deadline: Nov 13, 2016

Various kinds of work have to be invested in objects before they become worthy of collection, before they can be researched, preserved, and exhibited. Work on the dinosaur skeleton of Brachiosaurus brancai in Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde, for example, extended far beyond the decades of the fossil’s preparation in the Museum. This object’s history also includes the colonial forced labour on cotton plantations in German East Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century that produced the packing material necessary for transporting the findings to Europe. Such figurations of work across time and space form the focus of the conference: Which materials and what kinds of immaterial labour were necessary to acquire or produce a given object, in order to transport it, examine it, exhibit it, or valuate it? What existing knowledge, and which social, political, and legal conditions characterized this work? What types of materials, tools, or techniques were used?

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