Australian Aboriginal art is known for its capacity to encode, visualise and circulate cultural knowledge. The workshop takes the exhibition “Remembering Forward: Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960” at Cologne’s Museum Ludwig as a starting point for analysing the ways in which geographic, topographic and historical know- ledge as well as cosmological and genealogical concepts have been articulated in artworks and artistic practices in Australian Aboriginal communities. It also looks at how individual artists draw on ritual and social practices as well as oral traditions and work them into e.g. “abstract pain- tings”.
The workshop thus focuses on key issues of Morphomata’s research programme: the materialisation and transforma- tion of knowledge in objects of art and material culture.
Howard Morphy, Professor of Anthropology at the Aus- tralian National University, Canberra, and
Fred Myers, Professor of Anthropology at New York University, both experts in the field of Australian Aboriginal art, will provi- de a comparative perspective on the subject.