Project 3: Visualization of Collaboration and Control
- Read the following summary of our last meeting (10.02.2021)
- Think about topics, concepts, etc. you’re interested in (it would be helpful to upload this document in order to work together on it)
- We need a list with the mail addresses of the group members
- Collect the information
- Expand knowledge about backgrounds and provenance
What is our aim? How to present the photos?
- what is not in the Archive? What is not presented?
- Contradictory and additive collage, ambivalent, different voices, different archival materials
- Online exhibition (connect with RJM)
- Working process not final result, different knowledge forms
- „Stay with the rouble“
- Adress histories of violence
- Present: counter-narrative?
- Reprocessing people, descendants, empowerment, bringing them back to the present
- Restitution projects
- Reflection on presentation: how do we present it and how do we perceive it? What has changed or not changed while working on the project?
- How is the history of the Askari received in the present? E.g. by descendants?
- Role of the museum: What is implemented in the museum where Mary works?
- how do previous scientific works / approaches work with the images? How do we see it? What would we do differently?
- Marcel Moos - Techniques of the Body
- Body medialization
- Kader Attia: Colonial Dots
- Hans Belting: Image Anthropology
- Colonial technique: Kodak film
- Dan Higgs, the British Museum
- Unlearning imperialism, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay: photography
- Anna Brus: images of sculptures colonial era - Askari, Tanzania
- Carolin Breuer, RJM, workshop with us, meeting with her, research, how to work with photography
- Theresa ? Michi Knecht, literature about what to do with photographs of violence, for Teltow? exhibition
- working on Askari: Stefanie Michels, Michelle Moyd (Askari soldiers - masculinity and violence) - there was a ZOOM session (accessible via YouTube, Link?)
- Mary Mbewe: Moto Moto museum, Tanzania, research of aspects - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Which photos still exist? (e.g. in the RJM)
- In which places were the photos taken?
- The photos themselves: Awards or uniforms - what do the pictures reveal? Where do the soldiers come from (e.g. Sudan)?
- What can be identified in the photos?
- why are these images shown
- Who is depicted, what is their stories
- Why are some of the askaris not wearing shoes? Contrary to the uniform? Or subversive practice?
- Fez: not actually part of the uniform, but appears in some photos - what can we infer from this?
- Source research
- recommended: read Jacob’s Essay on PECE
- Origins of the Askari (Sudan? There are hints in the „Reichstagsprotokolle“)
- „Schutztruppe“ per se
- Which actors are important?
- How were the Askari organized?
- Colonial motives and ideology
- "Big man" Askari as initiation ritual; What were the initiation rituals?
- Myth of the "loyal Askari" - what image did they have? How were they instrumentalized politically and ideologically?
- Historical Archive in Cologne, Magazine „Kolonie und Heimat“ (1907/08) - what can be extracted? What is the significance of the photos of Askari in the magazine?
- Kader Attia: role of French, colonial soldiers were used against own population
- Descendents of Askari - finding about personalities?
- Sucuma, ranks on soldiers, German officer and askari - objects to make country fertile again
- Connection to slavery - slavery as African problem
Wednesday - 24.02.2021 Group-Meeting
Thursday - 25.03.2021 Meeting with Anna Brus?
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