Eighth Salon Digital

Eighth Salon Digital

Eventseries / 01.11.2017

"Odarodle- Sittengeschichte eines Naturmysteriums, 1535-2017"

The exhibition "Odarodle - Sittengeschichte eines Naturmysteriums, 1535-2017" took place from July 21st to October 16th, 2017 at the Schwules Museum* in Berlin. As an artistic research exhibition, the project took the Schwules Museum* - its history, its collection, and its display practices - as a medium to work with, question, and re-present. A year-long process of collaboration and conversation with a group of around 16 artists invited to participate in the show opened up avenues for thinking about the relevance, impact, and potential of "displaying (homo)sexuality" within contemporary cultural practice. Historically, LGBTIQ* movements have concerned themselves with generating political visibility. What have some of these strategies been? In the case the Schwules Museum*, the institution was founded to "show" the particular manners, mores, and ways of a certain special kind of "peoples," in order to represent who "we/they” are and what "we/they” do. How does such an approach rely on established ethnographic methods? And how do these intersect with historical categories of knowledge, such as the "Sittengeschichte”, which sought to visualize and categorize taboo, controversial, or alien phenomena for bourgeois consumption? What happens if one posits the Schwules Museum* as an ethnological museum? How does a critical apprehension of vision itself - in its sensual construction over the course of perspectival Modernity - complicate the "politics of visibility" as well as the relationship between images and the imagination? Finally, how do such questions help artists and researchers work through, perform, and present "decolonizing" positions? Ashkan Sepahvand, artist, writer, and curator of the "Odarodle" exhibition, will present some of the ideas behind the project, while addressing these more specific concerns in his lecture. A writing workshop will be offered the next day, in which participants will have a chance to explore more closely some possible strategies for "performing discourse". The lecture and workshop will be held in English.

01.11.2017, 6 pm
Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen

02.11.2017, 11 - 16.30 Uhr
Raum 2.14.020


The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen launched a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable.
Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor.
The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates.

Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul


Eighth Salon Digital

Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen

01. November 2017, 18:00