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Die königliche Modellkammer der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Analyse der historischen Praxis einer universitären Lehrsammlung unter Einbeziehung der heute noch vorhandenen Objekte.

 Author: Oliver Zauzig.

This research paper is about the königliche Modellkammer (Royal Model Chamber) of the University of Göttingen. This historical teaching collection has left numerous traces to this day. Despite the professionalisation of the collection’s work and the constant integration of the models into the university curriculum of the Faculty of Philosophy, especially applied mathematics, appropriate conditions of use existed almost at no time. In the 1880s, the collection was dissolved, and the process of dissolution is documented in detail in the files. In addition, 24 models from the former collection have been preserved until now. The structure and scope of the Göttingen Model Chamber correspond to the universal model collections of the time, whose origins can be found in courtly, municipal and bourgeois art chambers. Models and model collections for example were used for purposes of demonstrating power, for planning and designing, as patterns, for playing and experimenting, but above all in teaching and education. In addition to researching the everyday practice of historical collection work, the focus is on investigating curricular use with the royal model chamber. To this end, some of the historical models of the collection that still exist today were examined in detail, analysed, questioned in relation to their historical curricular practice and individually contextualised. Especially through the encounter with the objects, a variety of questions emerged. Ultimately, the numerous gaps in information that inevitably open up when researching the everyday use of the historical teaching collection through written material and objects force a predominantly heuristic approach.

To the publication

I AM ELEVATING IN ALL WAYS

KLEINE HUMBOLDT GALERIE
13.07. – 12.08.2022

An exhibition in three Elevations
Elevation I: 13.07. – 21.07.
Elevation II: 25.07. – 01.08.
Elevation III: 04.08. – 12.08.
Open Mon – Sat, 12 – 20 h

Lichthof Ost in Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Opening 12.07., 18 – 22 h

I AM ELEVATING IN ALL WAYS
I AM ELEVATING IN ALL WAYS – Poster (c) Marina Engelhardt

13.07. – 21.07. | Elevation I: Bedroom
Mariela Georg, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Ofra Ohana, Julia Plawgo, Agrina Vllasaliu

25.07. – 01.08. | Elevation II: Office
Mats Andersen, Pia vom Ende, Alicja Rogalska, Julian Willming, Anna Witt

04.08. – 12.08. | Elevation III: Gym & Wellness
Paula Ábalos, Josepha Edbauer, Johanna Käthe Michel, Hannah Neckel, Fette Sans

More information and program
I AM ELEVATING IN ALL WAYS – KLEINE HUMBOLDT GALERIE

Book presentation to celebrate the publication of ”Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities”

Book presentation to celebrate the publication of Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities.

Looking at diverse trajectories of people and things, the volume examines developments in various parts of Europe, including France, Germany, Russia, Turkey and the Balkans. We will discuss entanglements between heritage, Islam and Europe and ways in which these entanglements have played out against the backdrop of recent developments, such as debates on restitution, decolonising museums or the ‘refugee crisis’.

The roundtable discussion will include inputs from Wendy Shaw, Peter McMurray, Jesko Schmoller, Avi Astor, Diletta Guidi, Banu Karaca, Mirjam Brusius, Christine Gerbich and Rikke Gram, and the editors, Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald and Mirjam Shatanawi.

The event will take place in the framework of the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik / CARMAH Colloquium Series.

The event will take place at the HZK (House 3, Gerlachbau next to the Tieranatomischen Theater TAT, Campus Nord, Philippstraße 13: https://www.kulturtechnik.hu-berlin.de/en/contact/) and virtually.

Invitation HZK-CARMAH COLLOQUIUM on June 27, 2022, at 2 p.m.

The event will take place at the HZK (House 3, Gerlachbau next to the Tieranatomischen Theater TAT, Campus Nord, Philippstraße 13) and virtually (Access data for the video conference will be provided on request by email to oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de).

Since the 1990s, collecting practices and associated problems such as contamination and toxicity have increasingly come into focus due to the growing ecological and political relevance of objects and materials. However, little epistemic relevance has been attributed to the toxic remains produced during these transformative processes of differentiation, purification and reevaluation.

The presentation provides insight into the process of an artistic research that deals with this marginality by means of asbestos-contaminated objects of a foundation collection and their handling.

Flavia Caviezel is an ethnologist, film scholar and lecturer at the FHNW – Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Institut Experimentelles Design und Medienkulturen in Basel. The work was produced during a research residency 2021-22 at the Matters of Activity cluster at Humboldt University.

The lecture will be held in German.

Invitation HZK-CARMAH COLLOQUIUM on June 13, 2022, at 2 p.m.

The event will take place at the HZK (House 3, Gerlachbau next to the Tieranatomischen Theater TAT, Campus Nord, Philippstraße 13) and virtually (Access data for the video conference will be provided on request by email to oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de).

Museum Space Knowledge. An Interdisciplinary and Co-laborative Experiment at Humboldt Labor

The exhibition spaces of the Humboldt Laboratory in the Humboldt Forum are conceived as an instrument of knowledge transfer between science and society. The research project “Museum Raum Wissen” (Museum Space Knowledge), funded by the Joachim Herz Foundation, examines this transfer from a spatial perspective in an intersectional way. The aim is to produce insights into the space and architecture of the co-production of knowledge in the museum context and to develop impulses for the design of exhibition spaces. To this end, a ‘co-laborative’ field research at the interface between architecture and social sciences will be carried out in the opening exhibition “Nach der Natur”.

Sarah Etz and Séverine Marguin provide insights into the ongoing project and initial results.

The lecture will be held in German.

Invitation HZK-CARMAH COLLOQUIUM on May 23, 2022, at 2 p.m.

The event will take place at the HZK (House 3, Gerlachbau next to the Tieranatomischen Theater TAT, Campus Nord, Philippstraße 13) and virtually (Access data for the video conference will be provided on request by email to oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de).

The DFG-funded research project „Curating Digital Images: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Affordances of Digital Images in Heritage and Museum Contexts“ deals with the question of how digital images transform the museum experience. Two interconnected empirical studies explore these transformations ethnographically. The first study takes a close look at how digital images from museum databases are downloaded, shared, and dealt with in people’s everyday lives. The second study concentrates on digital image practices in the physical museum and seeks to understand how visitor-photographs taken in museums are curated and contextualized on social media platforms. An eye-tracking study furthermore gives interesting insights on how interdisciplinary collaboration with information science can enhance ethnography and shows how the human eye plays into curatorial practice processes.

Katharina Geis & Sarah Ulrich will give insights into the empirical studies and present the research results.

The lecture will be held in English.

Viral Theatres: Pandemic Past / Hybrid Futures – Opening/Symposium: 28.4.-30.4.2022 – Exhibition 28.4.-3.6.2022

How hybrid is the future of theater?

The exhibition of the research project “Viral Theatres” explores this question and makes its Living Archive accessible – a multifaceted collection that shows the new forms and themes of pandemic theater making and experience in interviews, video and audio documents and digital interactions.
The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium with workshops, a VR performance, and discussion panels on the future of hybrid theater work with international cultural practitioners and scholars.

Symposium
28. – 30. April 2022
Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin & Streaming

Exhibition
28. April – 3. June 2022
Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin
Philippstr. 13, Campus Nord, Haus 3, 10115 Berlin
Opening hours: Mo – Fri, 14:00 -18:00

Information, program and registration
Viral Theatres: Pandemic Past /Hybrid Futures

Invitation HZK-CARMAH COLLOQUIUM on 25. April 2022 – The Museum as a Choir: Visitor Reactions to the Multivocality at the Humboldt Forum’s ‘Berlin Global’

The next colloquium will take place on 25 April 2022 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held virtually.
Access data for the video conference will be provided on request by email to oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de.

The Museum as a Choir: Visitor Reactions to the Multivocality at the Humboldt Forum’s ‘Berlin Global’

This talk by Irene Hilden & Andrei Zavadski will provide insights into the research project ‘Realizations and Reception in the Humboldt Forum,’ based at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
With ethnographic audience research at its root, the project explored how visitors engaged with the Humboldt Forum and its exhibitions during the first weeks of the institution’s operation. The talk will focus on some of the findings related to audience experiences of multivocality as employed in the exhibition ‘Berlin Global.’

The lecture will be held in English.

HZK stands with Ukraine

The Hermann von Helmholtz Zentrum for Cultural Techniques strongly condemns the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. As we, scholars of the cultural, know all too well, military violence always has long-term and far-reaching consequences that affect human lives way beyond the war zone. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Ukraine as well as with all the Ukrainian people, and send our support to those affected by the cynical and cruel decisions of the Russian authorities.

There are several ways to help Ukraine, some of them can be found here: https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine

Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk
In view of the crisis in the Ukraine, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is offering the opportunity for universities and research institutions in Germany to submit complete applications for Ukrainian scholars under immediate threat in the current selection round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Nominations of Ukrainian scholars at acute risk may be submitted until 18 March 2022.

Symposium: Refigured Museums. Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Spatial Research in Museums.

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the symposium of our research project “Museum Space Knowledge” of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, that we are organising in cooperation with the CRC 1265 Re-Figuration of Space of the Technische Universität of Berlin.

Symposium: Refigured Museums. Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Spatial Research in Museums

Date: Thursday, 3rd of March 2022, 9.30-17.30 and Friday, 4th of March 2022, 9.30-13.30

Location: Online, Zoom link will be sent via email (see attachment for registration)

Which spaces are constituted in and with museums? How is the co-production of knowledge spatialized within the museal institution? And how can museums be designed in the future to make these knowledge processes more accessible and diverse?
In our interdisciplinary and international conference, we would like to bring together researchers from the fields of sociology, anthropology, art history, architecture, and art who are dedicated to the question of museal space.

For further information, please see the booklet attached (PDF).

We would be very grateful if you could spread this invitation through your network.

Thank you very much and best regards
Sarah Etz, Séverine Marguin and Henrike Rabe

The research project „Museum Space Knowledge“ is funded by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

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