Seeing South / Teaser
The Ethnologisches Museum has an extensive archive of ethnographic films that were reviewed and categorized for the first time in 2014 as part of the Humboldt Lab project “Sighting.” The follow-on project “Seeing South” explored the potential of dialog between objects and moving images by integrating ten of these films into the South Seas collection. Can film material reveal meanings and connections that would not be communicated through an object presentation alone? Does the medium provide historical artifacts with a contemporary context that would otherwise not be attainable? And what does a successful object-film exhibition, which creates connections without imposing its own interpretations, actually look like? The exhibition parcours “Seeing South” punctuated the collection with film excerpts from different decades in an attempt to update object presentations with moving images.