Syllabus - "Smuggling as Curatorial Practice after the Ethnographic Turn"

Course
Smuggling as Curatorial Practice after the ethnographic turn –  3-days-workshop with guests

Instructor
Christine  Nippe & Teobaldo Lagos Preller

Description
Lately, ethnographic oriented artistic works appear especially in Mid-European countries increasingly. These approaches are interested in foreign social, cultural, economic and political forms of life in society. This development results from the socio-cultural and national frictions of globalization in the post-coldwar-era and the interest in art to involve with the Others. On the backdrop of the new Humboldt Forum and the re-building of the Prussian castle in the city centre of Berlin discourses about the relationship between visual art, anthropology and art history are absolutely en vogue.

Is this great interest in artistic interpretations of the ethnographic because these questions touch production of identities and the question of Global Art in times of crisis? How do artists work with ethnography today? And how can we undermine the dichotomy of the North-West vs. the South-East after the Ethnographic Turn? We understand the workshop as a research-based practice and a reflexive contribution in the context of a globalized art world with new power constellations. Smuggling, a term raised by British art theoretician Irit Rogoff, is a reflexive entanglement of art historical and anthropological knowledge, since we believe that both disciplines can complement each other and expand.

Goals
The workshop is inspired by the interdisciplinary dialogue between art history, visual art and anthropology and would like to foster a better understanding between these disciplines. Based on readings, practical examples and activities like artist talks we will enrich our notions and concepts about this debate.

Schedule
8th August 2016
10 am – 10.45 am presentation round
11 – 12 am Introduction into the workshop, goals and guiding questions, possibilities for participation
12 – 1 pm lunch break
1 – 2.30 pm Key notions of the debate: What is smuggling in a globalized context? With which problems do have curators to deal with (following Gerardo Mosquera)? What is meant with the “Ethnographic Turn” in Contemporary Art?
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Coffee break
3.00 – 5 pm Talk with Maria Thereza Alves + discussion

9th August 2016
10 am – 12 am: presentation of the Transart students’ work.
12 – 1 pm lunch break
1 – 2.30 pm exhibition examples: Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1989
Primitivism exhibition, moma, 1984: Humboldt Lab Probebühne I–VIII, Ethnologische Museen Dahlem until now The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds; Art & Anthropology
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Coffee break
3.00 – 5 pm Talk with Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer (tbd) + discussion
10th August 2016
10 am – 12 am discussion of key notions of the debate
12 – 1 pm lunch break
1 – 2.30 pm ethnographic film cluster
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Coffee break
3.00 – 5 pm Talk with Olaf Holzapfel (tbd) + discussion

Required Reading
Irit Rogoff. ‘Smuggling’ – An Embodied Criticality’. [08_2006]  pdf
Hal Foster. “The Artist as Ethnographer?”  pdf
Gerardo Mosquera. “Some Problems in Transcultural Curating.   pdf

Suggested Reading
– Arjun Appadurai (1991), Global Ethnoscapes. Notes and Queries for a Transnational Anthropology, in: Richard G. Fox (Hg.), Recapturing Anthropology. Working in the Present, Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 135-151.
– Hans Belting / Andrea Buddensieg, and Peter Weibel (2013), The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, ZKM books.
– James Clifford (2012), The Times of the Curator, in: Okwui Enwezor with Mélanie Bouteleoup, Abedellah Karroum, Émile Renard and Claire Staebler (eds.), Intense Proximity. An Anthology of the near and the far, la Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo.
– Okwui Enwezor with Mélanie Bouteleoup, Abedellah Karroum, Émile Renard and Claire Staebler (2012.), Intense Proximity. An Anthology of the near and the far, la Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo.
– Clifford Geertz (2012), The Cerebral Savage: on the work of Claude Lévi-Strauss, in: Okwui Enwezor with Mélanie Bouteleoup, Abedellah Karroum, Émile Renard and Claire Staebler (eds.), Intense Proximity. An Anthology of the near and the far, la Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo.
– Susan Hiller (1993) The Myth of Primitivism – Perspectives on Art, Routledge New York City.
– Wu Hung (2006), A Case of Being ‘Contemporary’ – Conditions, Spheres, and Narratives of Contemporary Chinese Art, in: Smith, Terry and – Okwui Enwezor (Ed.), Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity: Duke University Press.
– George E. Marcus (1998), “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography”, in: Ders. (Hg.), Ethnography through Thick and Thin, New Jersey, 117-130.
– Irit Rogoff (2006), “Schmuggeln” eine verkörperte Kritikalität, in: Silke Boerma (Hg.), Mise en Scène – Innenansichten aus dem Kunstbetrieb, Kunstverein Hannover, S. 34-43.
– Arnd Schneider/Christopher Wright (2006), Contemporary Art and Anthropology: Berg Publishers.
– Lucy Steeds and other others (2013), Making Art Global (Part 2) ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ 1989, Exhibition Histories, Afterall London.
– Michael Taussig (1997), The Magic of the State, Routledge New York City.

Materials students should bring to class
Cameras, powerbooks, sketch pads – bring what you need

Keywords
Art, Anthropology, Ethnographic Turn, Globaliziation, Smuggling, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies