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    Dsh – Ma Class: Art and colonial archives - Antje van Wichelen, discussion around art project The Recognition Machine (2019)

    Monday, 18 March, 2019 - 16:00
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
    Building D
    promotiezaal D2.01

    HARP is pleased to announce its next PhD masterclass in the art and colonial archives series: Antje van Wichelen - discussion around art project The Recognition Machine (2019), that will take place on March 18, 2019 at the VUB campus in Etterbeek (Brussels - Promotiezaal D2.01) from 4pm-6 pm.

    The masterclass will focus on the latest art project by our guest, Antje Van Wichelen, a Brussels-based artist currently working with 16 mm experimental film techniques on 19th century colonial - mostly photographic - material. For the development of The Recognition Machine, she teamed up with the artists-and-programmers Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé.

    In the ‘Promotiezaal’ (building D2.01) at VUB, you will find a prototype of The Recognition Machine.

    Come and test it with us.

    The Recognition Machine presents itself as a photomaton. You are invited to take place and have your face scanned with Facial Recognition software. The machine will search for an image that matches your measurements. It will deliver an image from a database of 19th century anthropometric photographs – that are transformed by Antje Van Wichelen via the 'procedures' that include chemical processing of 16mm film and printing techniques. The machine prints the image. You may keep the print, but it comes with an assignment (or invitation) to undertake a search. This search will lead you towards a photograph that may depict one or several people who at a certain moment, in certain circumstances, have been photographed – and towards the archive it sits in. The assignment ends when you report about your search, both historically (with contextual elements you found) and personally/emotionally. Directions or clues of where to begin are given to you by the machine, together with the printed image.

    The presentation of The Recognition Machine will be followed by a workshop and a broader debate. During the masterclass coffee and tea will be provided. The meeting is open to all researchers but is specifically aimed at PhD students working in the field of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Museum, Heritage and Archival Studies, Memory Studies, Literary Studies, Art History and History.


    Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an e-mail to: Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans (katarzyna.ruchel-stockmans@vub.be) or Sanne Sinnige (sanne.sinnige@vub.be).


    The Recognition Machine

    Production: Nadine, Workspace Brussels

    Assistance: Brenda Bikoko, Milena Desse

    With the support of: Constant vzw, LaboBXL, VGC, schepen van Nederlandstalige Aangelegenheden Maite Morren and Gemeente Elsene, Rautenstrauch Joest Museum - Kulturen der Welt.

    Using the archives of: Wereldculturen (NL), Tropisch Instituut (B), Pitt Rivers Museum (GB), Quai Branly (Fr), Rautenstrauch Joest Museum - Kulturen der Welt, Köln (D), KMMA (Afrikamuseum, B).


    The masterclass

    With the support of DSh – The VUB Doctoral School of Human Sciences