Sharing Knowledge

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The studio designed a platform to exchange information, data, and knowledge surrounding ethnographic objects. The project is a cooperation between the Humboldt Lab Dahlem and the Universidad Nacional Experimental Indígena del Tauca.

Client

Humboldt Lab Dahlem

Scope of Work

  • Exhibition Design
  • Data Visualization
  • Web Platform Design & Development


Website Credits

For centuries Western museums have collected, documented, and presented objects from non-Western cultures. Yet, paradoxically, even today, representatives of these cultures are seldom called on to participate in the process of collection, research, or exhibition.

Since 2014, students at the Universidad Nacional Experimental Indígena del Tauca, in the Venezuelan Amazon region, and the staff of the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin began working together to establish a joint interactive web platform. It will provide the basis for the consolidation, exchange, and accumulation of knowledge about ethnographic objects from the region. On the platform, all object related attributes are negotiable; edits are stored on a continual basis. Knowledge is therefore always in the making.

The platform provided a digital place to share knowledge between the indigenous tribes and the ethnologists.Thereby it aims to decentralize the interpretive powers of postcolonial discourse by initiating an intercultural cooperation.

Our design process saw several models, which eventually came to assemble all objects, their detailed analytical data. We visualized and sorted in terms of their use context, shape and size. Finally, an exhibition at the Humboldt Forum Dahlem displayed these data visualization platform as well as the indigenous objects themselves.

Exhibition space © Humboldt Lab Dahlem, SPK / Uwe Walter
Before the digitalization index cards with hand drawn illustrations were used as database
The platform provided a digital place to share knowledge between the indigenous tribes and the ethnologists.Thereby it aims to decentralize the interpretive powers of postcolonial discourse by initiating an intercultural cooperation.

Video

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In March 2014 Andrea Scholz (ethnologist) and Natalia Pavia Camargo (documentary filmmaker) visited the Universidad nacional Experimental Indigena del Tauca in Venezuela with the idea of creating a knowledge sharing project on ethnographical objects

Credits & References

Studio NAND

Project Lead Andrea Scholz; Assistance Katharina Kepplinger; Project Partner Universidad Nacional Experimental del Tauca (Venezuela); Graphic Design Jula Lakritz; Backend Abe Pazos; Data Visualization Intern Tomasso Zennaro;