2019, Sun, Oct 13

On the Aesthetics of the Ethnographic Gaze

Finissage with Clémentine Déliss, Michael Oppitz, Ulrike Ottinger, Bernd Scherer, moderated by Rosa Eidelpes

Opening of Paris Calligrammes. A Landscape of Memory by Ulrike Ottinger | © Silke Briel/HKW

Opening of Paris Calligrammes. A Landscape of Memory by Ulrike Ottinger | © Silke Briel/HKW

In 1960s Paris, trans-European, immigrant networks encountered decolonial movements. Based on her memories of the city during this period, Ulrike Ottinger discusses the role played by ethnology in a globalized aesthetics with ethnologists, artists and cultural scientists. Ulrike Ottinger’s artistic work and the aesthetic methods of ethnography are characterized by looking at cultures beyond one’s own. How did aesthetics of the ethnographic gaze react to postcolonial perspectives? And what are the tensions between ethnology, decolonial approaches and art today?

With Clémentine Déliss (curator), Michael Oppitz (ethnologist), Ulrike Ottinger (artist and filmmaker), Bernd Scherer (HKW director), moderated by Rosa Eidelpes (cultural studies scholar)