supported by the Norwegian Arts Council




8 PM

Tuesday, June 30th, 2016


Small Projects is excited to invite you to «Contact-Zone: Museums, Ethnography, Performativity and Mediatization of Cultural Heritage through Artistic Intervention». Initiated by Rossella Ragazzi (Tromsø University Museum, Musvit), CONTACT ZONES will bring together filmmakers and scholars alike who work within the field of visual anthropology and critical cultural heritage. This evening will include screenings by Anna Laine, Lidia Rossner, and Metje Postma.


Keywords: International Museological Network, Musealisation of Heritage, Innovative Research in Anthropology and Art, Mediatisation, Contact-Zones.


Interested disciplines: Museology, Media Anthropology, Cultural Sciences, Anthropology, History, Media and Communication, Curatorial Studies, Art and Artistic practices, Filmmaking, Photography, Heritage Studies.






Waseem Ahmed - Dahlem Karkhana

19 min, 2014


film by: Lidia Rossner

additional camera: Alexander Rossner

translation: Martina Stoye

subtitles: Elina Foteinou


Asian Art Museum, Berlin 2014

Probebühne 5, Humboldt Lab Dahlem

© Humboldt Lab Dahlem und FU Berlin/Fachbereich Visuelle Anthropologie


'Yuken Teruya: On Okinawa. Collections from the Past and the Future'

9 min, 2014


Film by: Lidia Rossner

Artist: Yuken Teruya

Dancer: Erina Nakamine


Asian Art Museum, Berlin 2014

Probebühne 4, Humboldt Lab Dahlem

© Humboldt La


Lidia Rossner (born in Sofia, Bulgaria; lives in San Diego, USA and Berlin, Germany) has studied art history, photography and graphic design at San Diego State University, followed by an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin. Lidia’s practice bridges art and anthropology. Her research focus is on contemporary art, exhibition as a medium and visual culture as a platform for constructing social meanings. In 2007 Lidia co-founded ‘’, an online platform to research, document, and present contemporary art practices. Since 2013 Lidia teaches the courses Artistic Practice in Transcultural Context and DIALOGUES between art and anthropology (in co-operation with the Berlin Biennale for contemporary Art) at Freie Universität Berlin; since 2014, Re-Imagining the Museum (in co-operation with Humboldt Lab Dahlem).





Making Home: with five artists based in the UK

35 min, 2014


film by: Anna Laine

In collaboration with: Reginald S. Aloysius, Hari Rajaledchumy

Anushiya Sundaralingam, Sabes Sugunasabesan, Arunthathi Ratnaraj


This video piece is a collaboration between Anna Laine, researcher in anthropology and art practice, and five artists based in the UK: Reginald S. Aloysius, Hari Rajaledchumy, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Sabes Sugunasabesan and Arunthathi Ratnaraj. It conveys how the artists investigate their Tamil Sri Lankan background and current plural belonging through their art practice, how their working processes of dialectic movements between accommodating themselves and creating disruptions take individual as well as shared forms.


The complexity of the artists’ positions has been explored by means of direct improvisations and constructed settings in London, Belfast and Jaffna, over a period of one and a half years. Laine’s experiences in art practice combined with the artists’ own investigations of their sense of belonging destabilized the boundary between researcher and researched during the process. Shared interests and methodologies influenced how relationships and knowledge evolved and they inform the composition of this audiovisual presentation. In order to transfer the multiple layers of the participants’ art making and everyday lives in the video, sounds and images merge, clash and dissolve through the form of a split screen.


Anna Laine is a curator at the National Museums of World Culture in Sweden. She has a PhD in social anthropology from Gothenburg University, and conducted a recent post-doc project within artistic research, partly as a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Trained in academic and artistic practices, Laine investigates dialogues between the two fields. Her research has centred on Tamil visual and material culture, in South Asia and the British diaspora.






15 min, 2014


Oshi J. is a member of the Keren-community who live in the North of Thailand in the mountainous jungle. He is a cultural activist of the Pakeryaw community that is much under pressure of logging companies and diverse social and political developments. The short film is called 'Depotu' (15'), referring too: a ritual -that has almost disappeared- to tie the umbilical cord of a newborn child to a tree. The film was made to re-install the tradition that was rejected by christian missionaries and which connects a person all his/her life to that tree. In the film oral history, environmental and cultural activism are subtly brought together through the preservation of heritage.


Metje Postma is a Visual Ethnographer, teaching at Leiden University. Her major interests are in ways in which ethnographic cinema can be used in and outside academia. She has taught ethnographic filmmaking in many different contexts. Her main film-projects concern the tension between tradition and modernity and embodied practices. Her latest research deals with different ways of representation of a community in (socio-political and humanitarian) crisis in Sudan and Eritrea.




CONTACT ZONES key participants: Anna Laine, curator at Gothemburg museum of World Cultures (works in India and London); Lidia Rossner, Freie Universität Berlin (works with Berlin Biennale and Museum for Ethnology in Dahlen, Berlin and the Humboldt Project), Metje Postma, Leiden University (works in East Africa, Sudan, Eritrea and Japan), Marzia Varutti, IKOS, Oslo (work with indigenous museology in Taiwan and China), Stephen Wickler from Tromsø Museum (works in Melanesia and Sapmi) and Gro Ween (Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, worked with Australian Aborigenes and Southern Saami people).


Rossella Ragazzi Associate professor (tenure obtained in 2010) in Visual Anthropology and Museology at the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø University Museum. Formerly senior lecturer in visual culture studies in the same university. She is also a professional filmmaker and a film scholar. Educated in Italy, France, Norway and Ireland, involved in research projects and fieldwork in South and Central Italy, Bolivian Andes, Cuba, France, North of Norway and Ireland, North Cameroon and Norwegian Sápmi (Saami Indigenous People). Since 2009 she is visiting lecturer at Freie University in Berlin, Media Anthropology, Department of anthropology and ethnology. Member of several professional guilds (ICOM, EASA, VANEASA, SIMBDEA) and member of the National Norwegian Research cluster: MUSVit (museology) supported by the Norwegian Research Council (2010-2014). She does research on museum representation of minorities, the relation between art and anthropology, transculturality, migration and innovative heritage studies. She is part of the editorial board of the Journal Visual Anthropology, and co-editor of Ottar, Tromsø Museum Journal.