Humboldt Lab Dahlem Probebühne 3
Mensch - Objekt - Jaguar. Fotografien berühren. 24h Dahlem. Warum nicht?

17.10.2013 to 30.03.2014
Ethnologisches Museum

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Probebühne 3, 17. Oktober 2013 bis 30. März 2014

This is already the third Probebühne! The Humboldt Lab Dahlem - a project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) - is gaining depth and sharpening its profile. It is venturing new approaches, and the interaction between the planning for the Humboldt-Forum and the impetus given by the Lab is becoming more and more compelling. Four questions were raised in the sub-projects: How can impressions of foreign experiences of the world be visualized and conveyed? What happens when objects from the collection of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures) are lodged in the exhibitions of the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum)? What can be sensed of life in the city of Berlin in the everyday activities at the Dahlem museums? Do we encounter the natives photographed during expeditions as research objects or as persons, and what is the difference? Dealing with these issues is essential for any museum; the answers proposed by the Lab are therefore up for public debate.

Mensch - Objekt - Jaguar
The central object of this installation is a shaman's stool from the Amazonian lowlands. From the point of view of the people whose culture the stool is from, humans, objects and animals alike can possess the status of a person. "Perspectivism" is the ethnological concept used to designate this indigenous experience of the world. How can such a theoretical approach be conveyed in the presentation of an object, allowing visitors to experience it with their senses? The artist Sebastián Mejía and the ethnologist Andrea Scholz take up this complex challenge in an ongoing work process. A variety of possibilities will be presented and further developed during the course of the exhibition, which is accompanied by workshops and tours for different target groups.

Warum nicht?
As soon as they are placed in a museum, collected artifacts can become incredibly flexible. They can depart from their position in the museal order of things on a trial basis and enable unexpected encounters - a potential that has always accommodated the curiosity of artists. Against this background, selected objects from the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures) will be transferred to the permanent exhibition of the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum). The reasons behind the new constellations are subjective, contestable and driven by curiosity. They are the ideal preconditions for an attempt to playfully undermine supposedly pre-given boundaries. Fixed relationships are replaced by real or assumed affinities, frictions, differences, and polarities. Are the results banal, exhilarating, implausible, insightful?

24h Dahlem
The artist Clara Jo is the winner of Humboldt Lab Dahlem's experimental public competition "Tanz der Archive". The task is to link the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum) with the online archive of the 2008 television production "24h Berlin" ( of the Deutschen Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen. Clara Jo's project, "24h Dahlem", is planned as an intimate film portrayal of the Dahlem museums, which she and the musician and artist Robert Lippok will connect via the soundtrack to the archival material of "24h Berlin". Three parts are planned and they will be installed at various locations in Dahlem. "Kapitel 1: Nacht" will be on view during the opening of "Probebühne 3"; the two others will follow in December 2013 and January 2014.

Fotografien berühren
An exhibition of historical photographs from the stock of the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum). In three stops, the project "Fotografien berühren", realized by the ethnologist Michael Kraus and the studio for scenography chezweitz, confronts visitors with portraits of indigenous people from South America. A media animation amazingly sets the projected life-size shots in motion for a moment. In a second step, text passages based on historical material relate the context of the individual encounters - the researchers' motives and also moments from the biographies of the indigenous people. Finally, index cards in the form of transparencies, which the visitors can take in their hands and project onto the wall, give insights into the scientific administration of these photographs.

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