An exchange between artist Nora Al-Badri and anthropologist Jonas Tinius
What perspectives on originality, authenticity, and materiality does an idea of ‘technoheritage’ offer? Drawing on the works and projects of Nora Al-Badri, this dialogue takes the restitution debate into the realm of remix, virality, and machine learning, asking what, if any, new ways of looking at restitution these fields open up. What could a digital museum of looted art or lost objects look like – and what would be the responsibility of artists and anthropologists in conceiving such a new kind of infrastructure? Are objects in a digital sphere becoming new objects: more accessible, more democratic? Does this challenge the monopoly of the museum as a gatekeeper of cultural heritage? This conversation probes a different way to understand the digital sphere as a new public space.
The interview will take place in English with the possibility of translating into German as needed. The following discussion takes place in German and English.
Nora Al-Badri is a multidisciplinary media artist with a German-Iraqi background. She lives and works in Berlin. She studied political science at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2009, she has collaborated in several of her works with Jan Nikolai Nelles. She is represented by Nome Gallery.
Further information: https://www.nora-al-badri.de/
Jonas Tinius is an art anthropologist and postdoctoral fellow in the Making Differences project of the Center for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In his research, he examines how curators, contemporary artists and art institutes in Berlin deal critically with the topics of alterity and diversity.
Further information: www.jonastinius.com