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Art & Science. The Brazilian director Mirah Laline stages encounters between Humboldt researchers of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) and contemporary art.

It is people with a European background who are first remembered when it comes to the struggle for freedom and against enslavement. One of them is Alexander von Humboldt. Based on his notes and observations on slavery in Latin America, director Mirah Laline, author Uriara Maciel and Humboldt expert Tobias Kraft (BBAW) develop a lecture-performance that reveals structures of power and exploitation that persist until today. Scientist Tobias Kraft provides insights into Humboldt’s writings, his analytical approach on slavery and also his friendly relations with slaveholders. The artistic team consisting of the performers Txepetite and Thiago Rosa, the video artists Kathleen Kunath and Zé de Paiva, and the set designer Andreina Vieira dos Santos gives a name and a voice to the Latin American fighters against slavery and enslaved, who are negated in the European canon. In this second lecture-perfpormance of the Humboldt Experiment, Mirah Laline and her team explore how privilege, inequality, and colonial structures continue to define our everyday lives today.

The lecture-performance will take place in German and English and will be simultaneously translated.

The Humboldt Experiment is a six-part series of lecture-performances organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

 

Overview

The Humboldt Experiment is a series of events organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)

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Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)