“REPLICA KNOWLEDGE, AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MULTIPLE PAST”

Friday, 15 September 2017, 19.00, at the Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin

“REPLICA KNOWLEDGE, AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MULTIPLE PAST”

Addresses by:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schaffner
Director, Hermann von HelmholtzZentrum fur Kulturtechnik
Sprecher, Exzellenzcluster Bild Wissen Gestaltung

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Felix Sattler
Curators of the Exhibition

Jerolyn Morrison, archaeologist and potter, Greece, will create a Minoan-inspired meal using replicas of Minoan vessels.

Exhibition description:

Why do Snake Goddesses reside in Berlin, Cambridge, Heidelberg and Paris? How did the throne of King Minos appear in the International Criminal Court in The Hague? And when was Nestor’s cup last seen on the big screen? Replica Knowledge presents copies of archaeological objects from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of the Greek Bronze Age. The research and exhibition project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and follows the biographies of several replicas. These biographies lead to the collections of museums and universities, justice palaces, luxury steamers, action films and contemporary art. The manifold interpretations and uses of
these replicas show that history is not fixed but continually being constructed.

The exhibition conveys these stories of truth and myth and their motivations in artistic and museum formats of presentation. In thematic rooms and a cinema, new replica knowledge is displayed about the best known objects from Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology. For example, the history of the “Throne of Minos” replica installed in the International Court of Justice in 1913 stands between ancient myths and political agendas. Illustrator Jan Stawe has designed this as a large format installation especially for the exhibition. Furthermore, in the Maker Space, the production of replicas in different processes and materials is accessible — from plaster cast to 3D printing.

Visitors are therefore invited to go on a journey in which history and archaeology have many interpretations.

At the end of the exhibition there will be an extensive publication by K. Verlag, edited by Anna
Simandiraki-Grimshaw, Felix Sattler and Konrad Angermuller.

Opening: September 15, 2017, 7 p.m.
Press conference: September 15, 11 a.m.
Duration: September 16, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Opening times: Tue – Sat, 2 to 6 p.m.
Free Admission

Tieranatomisches Theater der Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Campus Nord, Philippstr. 12/13, Haus 3, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Phone: 0049-030 / 2093 466 25
E-mail: tat.hzk@hu-berlin.de

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