Saturday, 11. November 2023 to Sunday, 1. September 2024
∇ Sound Sources. Everything is Music!
How does the setting affect the perception of what we hear? How do the environment, sound, people and music relate to each other?Δ Sound Sources. Everything is Music!
Sounds determine our everyday lives and can be heard all around us, even in what seem to be the quietest moments. Every single place has its own soundscape, shaped by our immediate surroundings, by animals and people, by their actions and interactions. How does the setting affect the perception of what we hear? How do the environment, sound, people and music relate to each other?
These are the questions we will be asking in the exhibition SOUND SOURCES – and in the process investigating the Western concept of music, too. The sounds themselves will take a starring role here, along with their cultural application, interpretation and meanings. As well as instruments, the show will contain several exhibits that wouldn’t necessarily be expected in an exhibition about music. Based on the museum’s own collection, SOUND SOURCES will enter into a dialogue with contemporary music and encourage visitors to reflect upon the significance of sounds in their own lifeworld.
Artists and Curators
Nursalim Yadi Anugerah, Bunau, Conserve the Sound (Daniel Chun & Jan Derksen), Max-Planck-Institut für Empirische Ästhetik, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Lasse-Marc Riek, the participants of the seminar “Sound Sources. Everything is music! Ethnomusicology and Exhibition Praxis” as well as other contributors whose names are not known.
Curator: Vanessa von Gliszczynski (Curator Southeast Asia) Co-Curator: Matthias Claudius Hofmann (Curator Oceania)
Weltkulturen Museum, Schaumainkai 29
Wednesday, 11. October 2023 to Saturday, 30. December 2023
∇ Benin. The collection at the Weltkulturen Museum. Perspectives. Part 2
What is their attitude to the debate on restitution? And how do they imagine the future of these objects?Δ Benin. The collection at the Weltkulturen Museum. Perspectives. Part 2
There are 57 objects from Benin in the Weltkulturen Museum collection, made of metal, wood and ivory. The exhibition “Retrospective” examined when they entered the collection and under which conditions. In “Perspectives” we are looking to the future. Various cultural actors from Nigeria and the diaspora will have their say: the illustrator and designer Osaze Amadasun reinterprets major events from 16th-century Benin in his series “Once Upon A Kingdom”. Multi-media artist Mayowa Tomori uses 3D scans to question the accessibility of objects in museum collections. Seun Adeyemi creates graphic works that give a voice to historical objects from the Kingdom of Benin. In her novel “Butterfly Fish”, author Irenosen Okojie links aspects of the history of the Kingdom of Benin with the life of a young woman in present-day London.
These works reveal how important it is for the young generation that they explore their cultural heritage and find new ways of expressing it. The works of art are supplemented by interviews with scholars from Nigeria which were conducted by historian Rasheed Hassan in Benin City in 2023.
We want to ensure that these voices are heard. What is their attitude to the debate on restitution? And how do they imagine the future of these objects?
Part 1 "Retrospective":
20 July – 24 September 2023
Part 2 "Perspectives":
11 October – 30 December 2023
Opening: Tuesday, 10 October, 7pm
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37
Material for the exhibition
Excerpt from Irenosen Okojies debut novel„Butterfly Fish“
3D animation of the commemorative head N.S. 6785
created during the 3D workshop with Mayowa Tomori in May 2023 at the Weltkulturen Museum.
Sound recording of the three bells N.S. 2298, 2299 and 4283
recorded in collaboration with the exhibition Sound Sources in June 2023 by CCP Studios, Offenbach
You can also view a 360° tour of the first part of the exhibition under the following link!