Unexpected Lessons

Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge on 11 & 12 June 2021

»The Western Archive is exhausted!« — Felwine Sarr What can knowledge be today, beyond European knowledge systems? New perspectives and different questions are needed in order to break up colonial thought patterns and challenge Eurocentric, white views. The Project TALKING OBJECTS aims to negotiate these questions on the African continent and in Germany. Five thematic fields are in the foreground: decolonizing memory, decolonizing knowledge, the re-evaluation of objects from colonial contexts, empowerment by and opportunities of artistic perspectives, and questions about classical museum… Read more

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Epistemic Shift in Memory and Knowledge

Because memory is so often developed from non-written texts, these narratives are more difficult to trace because of the scarcity of traces, but deep in the ideologies, practices, and politics of those denied history is an ethereal yet very real memory that is un-stated but nonetheless dis-static.  … Read more

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The Other Objects – A New Behaviour

“The Other Objects” explores the idea that the framework of object movement needs to expand beyond the three-dimensional artefact and consider the public space, the constructed environment as objects upon which the same forces of colonial appropriation and movement. The Nairobi team wishes to invite… Read more

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Decolonize Talk

UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Welcome Remarks

„The Western archive is exhausted!“ says Felwine Sarr. What can knowledge be today, beyond European knowledge systems? New perspectives and questions are needed in order to break up colonial thought patterns and challenge Eurocentric, white views that are deeply rooted in the European understanding… Read more

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Talk Decolonize

Decolonization Labour is Emotional Labour

»Why are we keeping our heritage in someone else’s country?« Read more

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Contemporary Art Knowledge Memory Talk

Who heals here?

UNEXPECTED LESSONS –Artist talk with Elsa M'Bala, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Magnus Elias Rosengarten (host) Read more

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African philosophy Archive (Archive practices, body as an archive) Knowledge Decolonize Memory

De-Westernization - On African Philosophy

What does the “decolonization of philosophy » mean? Is « philosophy » the real object of such a critical operation?  Read more

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Decolonize African philosophy Museum practices / Museums

Repenser l’histoire d’art

UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Panel discussion with Bénédicte Savoy (Art historian), El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (Art historian, curator) Moderation: Ibou Coulibaly Diop (Literary scholar) Read more

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Memory Knowledge Decolonize Objects (Re-Evaluation, Object Biographies)

Coloniality and Education in Museums

“What are all of these things?” a seven-year-old in an ethnographic museum asks the facilitator on her way through the exhibition. “Did you make them all yourselves?” What can the facilitator say in response except “no”? Read more

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Knowledge Memory Talk Museum practices / Museums

Music, Knowledge and Transmission

Keynote lecture of the performative discussion event UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge, June 11-12 2021 at Academy of the Arts, Berlin, in Nairobi and online. Read more

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Memory Knowledge Museum practices / Museums Talk

Recreating Ecologies of Knowledge

Keynote lecture of the performative discussion event UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge, June 11-12, at Academy of the Arts, Berlin, Nairobi and online. Read more

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Archive (Archive practices, body as an archive) Knowledge Decolonize Performance/Artistic Intervention Talk

Interview with El Hadji Malick Ndiaye

Ahead of the two-day symposium UNEXPECTED LESSONS, Magnus Elias Rosengarten talked to art historian El Hadji Malick Ndiaye in Berlin. Read more

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Interview with Felwine Sarr

Ahead of the two-day symposium UNEXPECTED LESSONS, Magnus Elias Rosengarten talked to keynote speaker Felwine Sarr in Berlin. Read more

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Objects (Re-Evaluation, Object Biographies) Contemporary Art Museum practices / Museums Decolonize

Listening to Objects

Objects are things in transition. Read more

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Knowledge Memory Museum practices / Museums Talk

Talking Objects

July 7, 7 pm. A talk in the frame of the exhibition "La lumière qui fait la bonheur..." by Georges Adéagbo (28 March - 25 July 2021 at KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin). Read more

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Decolonize Memory Knowledge Film Archive (Archive practices, body as an archive) African philosophy

Unexpected Lessons

Watch the whole livestream of UNEXPECTED LESSONS here » Read more

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African philosophy Decolonize Memory Restitution Film

Video Talk: Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Magnus Elias Rosengarten

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Knowledge Memory Museum practices / Museums Talk

Unexpected Lessons Day 2

The performative discursive event »UNEXPECTED LESSONS - Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge« takes place on 11th and 12th of June 2021 in parallel in Akademie der Künste Berlin, Nairobi and the digital space. Read more

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Knowledge Memory Museum practices / Museums Talk

Unexpected Lessons Day 1

The performative discursive event »UNEXPECTED LESSONS - Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge« takes place on 11th and 12th of June 2021 in parallel in Akademie der Künste Berlin, Nairobi and the digital space. Read more

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African philosophy Contemporary Art Knowledge Talk Decolonize Film

Video Talk: Natasha A. Kelly & Magnus Elias Rosengarten

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Film Memory Contemporary Art Performance/Artistic Intervention

Syowia Kyambi

Kaspale is a trickster character I have created and developed over the past two years, which started as an open-ended performance intervention and has developed into other mediums such as photography, collage, and film. Kaspale began as a way to intervene in spaces charged with colonial activities,… Read more

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