Trafficking Vague Cosmological Boundaries: Towards Knowing Experiential Relationality in Museum Epistemics

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Abstract

The core of this article is an ethnography of the concept of 'artwork'. The experiential element is set in the galleries of Berlin's Bode Museum during the 'Beyond Compare. Art from Africa' Exhibition’ (2017-2019). The ethnographer is presented as suffering epistemic disconcertment as, across four visits, she attempted to read the effect of bringing art objects expressing disparate cosmologies into close proximity. On her last visit the voice of a single artwork made by, and stolen from, the Bwiti people of Gabon last century, amplified by the very discordance generated in the exhibition, rang out in generating concert.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages15
JournalZeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

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