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    Temi Odumosu: Close Contact: Touching colonial histories and sensitive memories in mixed media

    Higher seminar with Temi Odumosu from Malmö University, co-arranged by Art History and Media and Communication Studies at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University.


    How do we face the uncomfortable truths of a past that everybody wants to forget? In what ways do archives restage colonial violence? Is it possible for augmented reality, 3D imaging and other digital technologies, to mediate historical reconciliation(s)?

    This presentation will engage with some of the artistic research we are developing at the Living Archives Research Project. Our work has been mining the potential of networked and digitized cultural heritage archives, by prototyping methods for the co-production of shared public memories. Viewing archival material (photographs, film/video, audio, written documents) as relevant social resources in the present, we are extending traditional practices of preservation and curation by considering alternative modes of narrative interaction that include digital traces, the sensorial and performative.

    Working between disciplines we have also debated (and incorporated) ethics of representation that recognise how artefacts and data can be harmful to different bodies or cultural actors, across geographical borders and time. This session will therefore also discuss how the notion of care/caretaking in archives, might be practically enhanced to address the affective dimensions of contested material.

    Short bio:

    Dr. Temi Odumosu is an art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University in Sweden. Her international research and cultural practice is concerned with the representation of African peoples, visual politics of slavery and colonialism, colonial archives and archiving, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, and more broadly exploring how art mediates social transformation and healing.

    Her PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge explored the construction and use of African caricatures in British satirical prints during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This work provided the basis for her upcoming book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour (Brepols, 2016).

    Since 2014 Temi has been working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of researchers for the Living
    Archives Research Project, which has been addressing the challenges of producing and working with archival material in an increasingly digitized and networked environment.

    Tid och plats

    När: torsdag 5 oktober kl. 15:00-17:00

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room PC 249, on the second floor in the C-wing, Primus building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: In cooperation with Art History and Media and Communication Studies at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University.

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska