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Symposium Tropical Dissonance: Decolonizing Knowledge Through Ethnographic Archives

Podcasts 13 Jun 17 0

Symposium “Tropical Dissonance: Decolonizing knowledge through ethnographic archives” on Tuesday June 6th 2017. The symposium was organized with the research collective KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) as a concluding event of their residency project at the Tropenmuseum. Tropical Dissonance brought together scholars, curators and artists from a wide range of practices to explore the intersections between decolonial research, artistic practices and alternative knowledge production. Focusing on the use of ethnographic objects, or more broadly colonial archives in imperial and post imperial knowledge formation, we wanted to explore the multiple, often hidden, fractured legacies of this colonial past in the present and its impact on how we understand the world today. The contributors of this symposium discussed various methodologies of studying colonial archives and epistemologies, through different sensorial approaches and experiences.

During the symposium speakers addressed questions such as:
1 — If to study is understood as a practice of reflection that involves the interplay between learning and unlearning, what are the modes of study that we can utilize to better understand colonial pasts in the present? What modes of learning or unlearning should we employ to achieve a decolonial practice?
2 — How can we reclaim and reconfigure the ambivalence of colonial desire in its attempts to both “civilize” and “appropriate” otherness through representational economies of education, collection, dispossession and exhibition?
3 — How can we activate the ruins of ethnographic and archival gaze as a means to reorganize knowledge circulations between the tropics and the metropolis from the inside out?
4 — How do these shifting relationships affect the material life of objects (collection, commodity, archive, artefact) and practices of mediation (language, aesthetics, research)?

The symposium started with a conversation between KUNCI and Wayne Modest (Head of the Research Center for Material Culture, which takes as a point of departure, KUNCI’s observations, findings and questions generated over the six weeks of the residency.

The recordings were divided into the following sessions:

1. Introduction by Ferdiansyah Thajib and Sara Giannini-KUNCI (Ferdiansyah Thajib, Nuraini Juliastuti, Fiky Daulay) in conversation with Wayne Modest. Download the audio via this link

2. On Listening, with Adam Bobbette, Carolyn Birdsall and Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Moderated by Syafiatudina. Download the audio via this link

3. On Looking, with Pamela Pattynama, Paul Bijl, Wim Manuhutu. Moderated by Brigitta Isabella. Download the audio via this link

4. Conversation on Exhibiting and Sensing with Fiky Daulay, Nuraini Juliastuti, and Pim Westerkamp. Moderated by Sara Giannini. Download the audio via this link

About Heterotropics #2
The Research Center for Material Culture in collaboration with the research platform Heterotropics, invited KUNCI Cultural Studies Center to be Researchers in Residence at the Tropenmuseum for the period May – June 2017. Heterotropics is curated by Sara Giannini in collaboration with TAAK. KUNCI’s residency project has been done with the kind support of the Research Center for Material Culture, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Symposium Tropical Dissonance, Tropenmuseum, Heterotropics #2, ph: Konstantin Guz

Editor: Fiky Daulay.

Europeanness in Dutch East Indies

Podcasts 28 May 17 0

We invited Bart Luttikhuis, a KITLV researcher, for our live radio series during research residency at Tropenmuseum for heterotropics. The interview discussed his research topics that revolves around Europeanness, modernity and education during the Indonesian late colonial East Indies. This interview was conducted by Brigitta Isabella, Fiky Daulay and Nuraini Juliastuti. Editor: Fiky Daulay

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Ruins, Appropriation and the Archive

Podcasts 26 May 17 0

The talk was aired live inside the Tropenmuseum with Rene Boer, an urban researcher and writer based in Amsterdam. We discussed about his research collective called “failed architecture”. The discussion went further to the notion of “ruin” as a critical entry point in questioning architecture in its relation to power structure. The discussion was followed by unveiling the notion of appropriation through squatting practice either in Amsterdam context and its critical dimension at looking archives in museal context. Concept of appropriation led us to the unavoidable dimension of spatiality of the colonial archive and the question of contemporariness of heritage. The talk was conducted by Fiky Daulay and Nuraini Juliastuti. Editor: Fiky Daulay

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Uleebalang, Train and Java java

Podcasts 26 May 17 0

Raisa Kamila shared her master research project at Universiteit Leiden about the role of Acehnese local collaborators in relation to train as colonial infrastructure. It focuses on the shift of uleebalang’s involvement which has been often seen as betrayal through colonial “legacy” history writing into local collaborators that encouraged local resistance. Her research implies the negation of “victim” as often voiced through NGOs discourse impinged upon Aceh locality in contemporary Indonesia. The interview was conducted by Fiky Daulay as part of Kunci’s research residency with Heterotropics#2 at Tropenmuseum. Editor: Fiky Daulay

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Live Tour at Dapperbuurt

Podcasts 23 May 17 0

“Live tour at Dapperbuurt” was created as part of Kunci’s research residency project at Tropen museum at Heterotropics#2. The tour contained a discussion and a walk with a Dutch architecture historian Marieke Van Rooy. The discussion was started with her Phd research with 3 case studies area in Netherland: Biljmermeer, Dapperbuurt, and Almere. She has been researching about the shift of development in the areas since 60’s-70’s. The interconnection among the areas lays on the separation of the immigrants and the city in Biljmejmeer as it was also reflected by the constant changing of the Dapperbuurt development. The discussion was followed by her dilution trilogy project about psychiatric institutions which are related to the Netherlands. It was later followed by visiting Dapperbuurt where few examples pragmatic development of the housing were. It led us to how Marieke used the archive from initiator of the collaboration of inhabitants of Dapperbuurt with architects they chose during the 60’s. The interview was conducted by Fiky Daulay. Editor: Fiky Daulay

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Education in East Indies in broken Dutch

Podcasts 12 May 17 0

The recording was created by Fiky Daulay as part of Kunci research residency at Tropenmuseum under the project of Heterotropics #2. This audio recording was taken in May 7th 2017 in Netherlands East Indies exhibition area, 2nd floor of Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands and in April 27th 2017 in klithikan Niten flea market, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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