LFF Summer Seminar 2016 – New Paper

Family photographs from Dutch East Indies: Visual repatriation and nostalgia

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Foto: Yayoi Collectie Tropenmuseum

Museums are increasingly embracing new digital possibilities for collaborating with communities. This presentation examines the digitization project, Foto zoekt familie (photo seeks family) at the Tropenmuseum in the Netherlands, which aimed at visual repatriation of family photographs from the former colony Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The presentation makes use of Svetlana Boym’s distinction between restorative nostalgia and reflective nostalgia in order to examine memory work around the photographs performed by postcolonial migrant communities in the Netherlands.

Randi Marselis, Associate Professor in Cultural Encounters, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University

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LFF Summer Seminar 2016 – new paper

The Colonial Sublime: The Nature in/of History in Daniel Dencik’s The Gold Coast (2015)

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This paper discusses how Daniel Dencik’s fictionalized historical feature film The Gold Coast (2015) engages with the history and historiography of Danish colonialism and participation in the transatlantic slave trade. Through an analysis of the role of nature in the film’s engagement with colonial history, I suggest the importance of a critical examination of what I call the colonial sublime in historical representation of colonialism today.

Mathias Danbolt is an Assistant professor at University of Copenhagen.

 

 

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Plakat til vores seminar 2.Juni 2016 – der er stadig plads!

LFF PLAKAT 5 (3)

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Refiguring Greenland: No just ice and wild nature, peopled by tough sealers and hunters.

A New Ethno-Aesthetics in Contemporary Photo-Based Art

mette sandbye

With few exceptions the visual image of Greenland transmitted through photography has been highly stereotypical: ice and wild nature, peopled by tough sealers and hunters. Recently, however, new narratives have begun emerging among contemporary artists, many of whom use photography in radically new ways to construct an alternative “ethno-aesthetics”, to use Pia Arke’s term. This paper presents two such works, published almost simultaneously: Pia Arke’s Scoresbysundhistorier (2003)/Stories from Scoresbysund (2010) and Julie Edel Hardenberg’s Den stille mangfoldighed/The Quiet Diversity (2005).

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Refiguring Greenland: Not just ice and wild nature, peopled by sealers and hunters.

A New Ethno-Aesthetics in Contemporary Photo-Based Art

mette sandbye

Photo: Julie Edel Hardenberg: The Quiet Diversity, 2005.

A talk by  Mette Sandbye, Professor of Photography Studies and Head of department at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.

With few exceptions the visual image of Greenland transmitted through photography has been highly stereotypical: ice and wild nature, peopled by tough sealers and hunters. Recently, however, new narratives have begun emerging among contemporary artists, many of whom use photography in radically new ways to construct an alternative “ethno-aesthetics”, to use Pia Arke’s term. This paper presents two such works, published almost simultaneously: Pia Arke’s Scoresbysundhistorier (2003)/Stories from Scoresbysund (2010) and Julie Edel Hardenberg’s Den stille mangfoldighed/The Quiet Diversity (2005).

 

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Present – and yet Unseen

How Images Speak: National Museum artefact DVI6030, and its affects

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There is an early 20th century photograph in the National Museum collection, which represents a woman of African descent holding a white Danish child. Although she commands the image, and the viewer’s attention, she is not cited or recognised in any of the descriptive metadata. In this way she is both present and absent. How does this photograph articulate a wider politics of representation as it relates to blackness and visible difference in Denmark? This paper will explore some answers to this question.

Dr Temi Odumosu – Living Archives Research Project, Malmö University, Sweden

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Troublesome Pictures – Invitation to LFF Summer Seminar 2016

SK-A-2931LFF Summer Seminar 2016

Troublesome Pictures
Representing the Colonial Past

2nd June, 2016

Gentofte Hovedbibliotek,
Øregårdssalen, Ahlmans Alle 6, Gentofte

Images depicting former colonies have shaped and continue to inform interpretations of the past. Libraries, museums, archives all collect images, but also communicate them in various ways, taking part in the constant construction of colonial visual history.

At the seminar we discuss the creation, circulation, registration and interpretation of images. The keynote concerns Rijksmuseum’s current project on changing offensive metadata as part of the museum’s dealings with colonial past. Three talks investigate the representation of the colonies in exhibitions by The National Museum, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark and The Royal Library from various perspectives. A series of research papers present critiques of historical and contemporary photography, film and TV-serials.

Get updated. Be inspired. Share your own ideas and projects on the colonial past with colleagues. Take part in the discussion.

The seminar language is English.

Program

10.00 – 10.30     Registration, coffee, and bread

10.30 – 12.15
Colonial History in the Rijksmuseum        
Maria Holtrop, Junior Curator, History Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 

How Images Speak: National Museum Artefact DVI6030, and Its Affects
Dr Temi Odumosu, Living Archives Research Project, Malmö University

Human Cargo. The Representation of Slave Trade at the Maritime Museum of Denmark
Ulla Tofte, Director, CEO, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, Elsinore

Discussion (45 min)

12.15 – 13.00     Lunch

13.00 – 14.00
Family Photographs from Dutch East Indies: Visual Repatriation and Nostalgia
Randi Marselis, Associate Professor in Cultural Encounters, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University

Refiguring Greenland: A New Ethno-Aesthetics in Contemporary Photo-Based Art
Mette Sandbye, Professor of Photography Studies and Head of Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen

Portraits and Postcards from a Changing Island: Emilie Langkjaer a Female Photographer on St. Croix
Anne Walbom, President of the Danish West Indian Society

Discussion (15 min)

14.00 – 14.30     Coffee

14.30 – 15.30
The Colonial Sublime: The Nature in/of History in Daniel Dencik’s The Gold Coast (2015)
Mathias Danbolt, Assistant professor, University of Copenhagen (15 min)

Postcards from Paradise? Towards an Exhibition on the Colonial Past
Sarah Giersing, Research Librarian, The Royal Library, Copenhagen

Troublesome Assumptions: ‘Christmas Calendars’, Colonial Stereotypes and the Eye and Mind of the Beholder
Lars-M. Sørensen, PhD, Head of Research Unit, Danish Film Institute

Discussion (15 min)

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Registration:

Fee: (incl. lunch, cake, beverages)

Members: 475,- D. kr not member: 675,- D. kr Studentes: 300,- D kr. 

Binding registration  May. 30 to the treasurer of LFF Niels Løgager Nielsen: nielslog@yahoo.dk

Remember name and EAN number (if you got one). Cancellation only within 3 days before seminar date.

Questions about the seminar: Please contact Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer (LFF board and the Royal Library): mkkm@kb.dk

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#lff16 #troublesomepics

Painting:  Jonge Vrouw, Simon Maris, apx 1906, Rijkmuseum.

 

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Belastede billeder * Call for papers til LFF sommerseminar

sommerseminar_2016Call for papers til LFF sommerseminar på Gentofte Hovedbibliotek, 2. juni 2016:

Tema: Belastede billeder : Danmark som kolonimagt

Når forskerne har skrevet om Danmarks fortid som kolonimagt, har de flittigt benyttet sig at fotografier som illustrationer. Fotografierne er ofte blevet præsenteret som en slags neutrale vinduer til en tid og et sted fjernt fra os. På LFF’s sommerseminar vil vi imidlertid sætte fokus på fotografier og film som kilder i egen ret. Vi vil se på forholdet mellem dem, der er bag kameraet og dem, der er foran, på typiske måder at fremstille koloniherrer og kolonialiserede på og diskutere, hvordan billeder har været med til at forme vores opfattelse af kolonierne, deres befolkninger og historie helt frem til i dag.

I 2017 er det 100-året for Danmarks overdragelse af de vestindiske øer til USA. Der forberedes udstillinger og formidlingsaktiviteter mange steder, og nu bliver der mulighed for at mødes, blive inspireret og udveksle viden og ideer. Vil du præsentere en samling, en udstilling, en bog, en artikel, en problematik, så giv lyd. Det kan være om De Vestindiske Øer eller øvrige tidligere kolonier – og kan omhandle alle slags billeder og film. Vi efterlyser oplæg på 20 minutter på dansk eller engelsk.

Fristen for indsendelse er 8. april. Send forslag til Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer: mkkm@kb.dk.

Billedtekst: Medlemmer fra dansegruppen, The Heritage Dancers, danser mazurka ved en danseopvisning på et marked på Sankt Croix i 1995. (Foto: Anders Christensen, Dansk Folkemindesamling ved Det Kongelige Bibliotek)

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1001 Fortælling – version 2.0

Hvad stiller vi op med vores digitale successer? Kom og hør mere i Odense på Torsdag. Vi glæder os til at se jer.

I 2007 lancerede det daværende Kulturarvstyrelsen sitet 1001 Fortællinger om Danmark. Projektet satte kulturarven på landkortet og gav alle danskere mulighed for at  udpege steder der havde betydning for dem, og fortælle hvorfor, med kulturarv som ankringspunkt. Sitet blev en stor succes, og fik skabt et stærkt community der lever endnu. Men hvad nu?

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Men hvad stiller vi egentlig op med de digitale successer når tiden, midlerne og organisationerne ændrer sig?Morten Nybo fra Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen deler erfaringer og overvejelser med omdrejningspunkt i 1001 Fortællinger.

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