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Appropriation is making use of the world in changing the world. It can be a Revolutionary Type Love. Appropriation can be corporate power turning culture into capital, or it can be queer art turning heteronormative structure inside out. It is the potential and inevitable condition of any expression - but under conditions of huge inequalities.

Today, culture appropriation is part of an ongoing colonialist disposession, hegemonic grabbings of discourses as well as of material culture, extraction of raw material, land grabbing, ecological and economical exploitation. In the wake of the entangled and violent history of Europe and Africa, the symposium looks at other practices and possibilities.

Of course, in a networked digital media world, questions of copyright and the commons intensified with sampling music, questioning the status of ownership and creativity. Pop music commodified Black beats, and cultural minorities hijack the entertainment industry. But this does not happen within a symmetrical power relation, as the distribution of wealth and technologies are extremely uneven.

The symposium will discuss artistic and theoretical strategies to resists the grab. We refer to TRTL's queer photographic expressions and the usages of the traditional kanga cloth through queer histories and communities, we reflect on different time frames in afrofuturism and post-black art, we talk about possibilities of diasporic un/belongings, resistance, anger and love.

Ablauf

Thursday, 14.6.2018
Venue: Aula of HBK Braunschweig

Panel 1: Media, materiality, time

09.30 Welcome by the organizers; introduction into the panel by chair
Maja Figge (Linz)
10.00 Ulrike Bergermann (Braunschweig): The Desire for Appropriation and
Histories of the Kanga

10.30 Henriette Gunkel (London): Speculative Intimacies: On Photography
and Time

11.30 Coffee

Panel 2: Trans/forming Images of Blackness in Media and the Arts

12.00 Introduction into the panel by chair Nanna Heidenreich (Köln)
12.15 Nana Adusei-Poku (New York/Berlin): From Post-Black Art to
Performances of Nothingness

13.15 Lunch

14.30 Samanea Karrfalt (Bayreuth): Making Up for Lost Time: The
Importance of Contemporary African Art

15.30 Stacie Graham (London): Reshaping Image: Cross-genre and
Intersectional Examples within the Media Industry

16.30 Coffee

Transnational and diasporic perspectives

17.00 Introduction into the panel by chair Anja Michaelsen (Berlin)
17.15 Maureen Maisha Auma (Magdeburg) und Katja Kinder (Berlin): Knowledges of (Un)Belonging - Transnational Queer Afrodiasporic Conversations

18.30 MahlOt S A N S O S A (Cuba/Tanzania/Brasil/NYC): minha língua materna é parte integral dois, aproxime-se... (my mother tongue is full: part ll - come closer...)

19.00 - venue: gallery -
Nadine Siegert (Bayreuth): "Utopian Sighs: Make Love to the Future".
A walk through the exhibition with some thoughts on the power of images
for future-making

 
Friday, 15.6.2018
Venue: Aula of HBK Braunschweig

10.00-12.00 Revolutionary appropriations? Wrap up, moderated by Nana
Adusei-Poku, and open space for discussion

 

Funding by: PRO*Niedersachsen, HBK Braunschweig, in cooperation with
Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, and Schwules Museum Berlin

 

Stand:3.6.2018