Between Fetish and Art (Essen/Bochum, 13 - 15 Jan 11)

Essen, Bochum, January 13 - 15, 2011

Universität Duisburg Essen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
January 13-15, 2011

BETWEEN FETISH & ART
Is sculpture transcultural, gobal, universal?

“Things” have attracted a great deal of interest in recent
times. As objects, tangible items they seem to guarantee
authenticity. As “travellers” in and through diverse
cultural contexts they have a direct influence on political
practice and theory. The extent to which they are
also capable of bridging cultural differences, as universal
vehicles of signs which “wander between cultures”,
or rather draw in and reinforce differences, is a central
question of our conference.
By focusing on the various modes of the sculptural,
the conference “Between Fetish and Art: is sculpture
transcultural, global, universal?” shifts the current
discussion on thingness into an aesthetic and art historical
perspective. At the dawn of Modernity and in the
heyday of colonial expansion, increased attention is
given to three-dimensional objects, in both artistic and
cultural practice. Handcrafted everyday objects and
items of utility evoke an aesthetic interest, are described,
interpreted, presented in lavish exhibitions, and
collected in museums. They become material vehicles
and agents of cultural identity formation and differentiation,
which ultimately take shape and find expression
in the indistinct thresholds of aesthetics, psychology
and ethnography. A culture of the artefact approached
and adopted aesthetically eludes the traditional genre
hierarchies employed by museums and the differentiation
into single media (painting, sculpture). At the same
time, when understood as materializations of local and
foreign culture, artefacts furnish significant indicators
for how alterity is approached, negotiated and dealt
with, both historically and currently.

Concept: Gabriele Genge, Beate Söntgen

www.between-fetish-and-art.de

Thursday 13/1/2011
ZECHE ZOLLVEREIN SANAA-Gebäude ESSEN

14 WELCOME / INTRODUCTION
Gabriele Genge, Beate Söntgen

14:30 I PHENOMENOLOGIES
Moderation Gabriele Genge

14:45 SYLVESTER OKWUNODU OGBECHIE
Transcultural Interpretation and
the Production of Alterity: Photography,
Materiality and Mediation in the Making
of African Art

15:30 CHRISTIAN KRAVAGNA
Encounter with a Mask:
African Art Dead and Alive

16:15 PAUSE

16:30 KITTY ZIJLMANS
The Unwanted Land Revisted. Towards a
Transcultural Art History: The Input from
Contemporary Art

17:15 THOMAS REINHARDT
Fixing Shadows: Photography Beyond
the Indexical

18 BARBARA VINKEN
The Rosary. Splendors and Miseries
of Catholicism

19 APERITIF

20 FILM SCREENING / ARTIST‘S TALK
ULRIKE OTTINGER
Die koranische Hochzeitstruhe /
The Corean Wedding Chest

Friday 14/1/2011
MUSEUM FOLKWANG ESSEN

10 VISIT MUSEUM FOLKWANG

11:15 II PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE
Moderation
Gerald Schröder, Beate Söntgen

11:30 IKEM S. OKOYE
Quadrantanopsia. Fetishism from
T.E. Bowdich‘s Space to
E.O. Owusu‘s Time

12:15 CHARLOTTE KLONK
Non-European Artefacts in Art Exhibitions
of the Late 1920s and 1930s

13 PAUSE

14:30 CLÉMENTINE DELISS
Stored Code

15:15 ANGELA STERCKEN
[Arte]Fact, Object, Image.
Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s Archives

16 PAUSE

16:15 KERSTIN MEINCKE
La madame patron ici. Tu comprends? –
Germaine Krull in Africa. Propaganda
and Photographic Articulation

17 VIKTORIA SCHMIDT-LINSENHOFF
Displaced Sculptures at the Laboratoire Agit`Art/ Dakar
Sequences from the film "Der Hof"

19 EVENING LECTURE
JOSEPH ADANDÉ
Carving as a Liminal Shape:
The Bocio in „Gbe“ Speaking Area

Saturday 15/1/2011
SITUATION KUNST BOCHUM

9:30 III UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THINGS
Moderation Beate Söntgen

9:45 JOHN PICTON
Modernity and Modernism in African Art:
When was the Modern World?

10:30 EVA MARIA TROELENBERG
In the Contact Zone: The Rise of
Modernity and Western Strategies
of Defining „Islamic Art“

11:15 HANS KÖRNER
Speared Heads. Portraits as Things
in 20th Century Sculpture

12 PAUSE

13:30 IV POLITICS OF IDENTITY
Moderation Alma-Elisa Kittner

13:45 ALEXANDRA KARENTZOS
Incorporations of the Other – Exotic Objects,
Tropicalism, and Anthropophagy

14:30 BOUBACAR TRAORÉ
Some Reflection about African
Sculpture in Buenos Aires

15:15 PAUSE

15:30 LILIAN TSENG
Monumentality and Transnationality:
The Cult of the Ding Bronze Vessels
in Modern China

16:15 MELANIE ULZ
Why have there been no Great Forgeries?
Collectors, Artefacts, and the Question
of Originality

Veranstaltungsorte:
13/1/2011 Essen Zeche Zollverein SANAA-Building, Gelsenkirchener Str. 209 45309 Essen
14/1/2011 Essen Museum Folkwang, Museumsplatz 1 45128 Essen
15/1/2011 Bochum Situation Kunst, Nevelstr. 29 c 44795 Bochum-Weitmar

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt.
Wir bitten daher um vorherige Anmeldung via Mail:
Alma-Elisa Kittner: alma-elisa.kittneruni-due.de

Die Tagung wird gefördert von der Volkswagen-Stiftung.

Reference:
CONF: Between Fetish and Art (Essen/Bochum, 13 - 15 Jan 11). In: ArtHist.net, Dec 9, 2010 (accessed Aug 22, 2019), <https://arthist.net/archive/636>.

Contributor: Alma-Elisa Kittner

Contribution published: Dec 9, 2010

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