20/04/2015 45' 14''

Clémentine Deliss has been Director of the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt since 2010. She studied contemporary art and anthropology and holds a PhD in Philosophy, and has extensive experience as an independent curator in Europe and Africa. She is now directing an institution for the first time – an ethnographic museum that opened over one hundred years ago and is trying to find its reason for being. It is what Deliss calls a sick museum, a permanent condition that needs to be healed.

SON[I]A talks to Deliss about the possibility of a post-ethnographic and post-colonial museum, and about the strategies that she has tested in recent years to counteract the ideology of conservation. These include the 'remediation' of objects in the collection, fieldwork in the museum, and opening up spaces for work, production and research that go beyond storage and exhibition.

This podcast features excerpts from Ben Vida's "Tracers" mix

1:37 Taking on the Weltkulturen Museum
2:26 A third space between storage and exhibition
4:43 The Laboratory as a space of cohabitation with the object
6:10 On how ethnographical museums became chronically deficient
9:16 Operating in a state of deficency
10:37 An ideological question: burial, repatriation or remediation
12:52 A way to deal with a sick museum
15:00 To bring in other ways of looking
19:29 Lab-furniture and how to make things possible
22:58 A real use of the collection
24:41 A research collection
27:30 Fieldwork in the museum
29:03 Bringing people closer to the incongruous
33:00 A position within the context
35:42 Introduction

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