The workshop takes the current exhibition „Das göttliche Herz der Dinge. Altamerikanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Ludwig“ („The Divine Heart of Things: Pre-Columbian Art from the Ludwig Collection“) as a starting point in order to explore how objects can be understood as animate, as having not only impact but also agency in spiritual, social and political contexts. In order to discuss this approach we look at two examples from past and present Latin America: classical Maya architecture and its spiritual power on the one hand, and contemporary Andean textiles and their social and political power on the other hand. The workshop aims to link these case studies to recent theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of material culture that provide explanatory models for the conceptualisation of objects as animate and powerful.
In cooperation with: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World, Cologne and the Department of Anthropology of the Americas, University of Bonn
The workshop will be held in English and is free and public. Please register at larissa.foerster[at]uni-koeln.de. The entrance to the exhibition is free for everyone who has registered.