Doing kinship with pictures and objects: a laboratory for private and public practices of art
In using ethnographic and artistic methods, the projects calls for doing kinship with pictures and objects. On the basis of a broad concept of culture (culture with a small c), the project conceptualizes these popular visual and material culture as aestetic practice and will thus examine and represent it also with artistic methods.
The project is interested in these ways of life as practice, i.e. as doing kinship with and in terms of material and visual culture.
Science and art meet in an experimental laboratory in the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art. There the producers and users of the objects, pictures, films, etc. cooperate with curators, artists and cultural-studies researchers. They not only cooperate in the frame of participatory methods, but these confrontation will be represented and researched to develop a new understanding of curatorial work, museology and exhibiton making as an interface of popular and scientific aesthetic practice.