VERANSTALTUNG| “Foto-Objekte”: A Book Biography – online event (16.12.2020, 5:00pm)


Dear colleagues,
you are cordially invited to this online event organized by the
Foto-Objekte group and hosted by the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches
Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut.
Best wishes, Franka Schneider

„Foto-Objekte“: A Book Biography

Online event via Zoom, Wednesday 16 December 2020, 5:00pm

Open to the public after free registration here:

The collaborative project „Foto-Objekte“ (funded by the
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung 2015-2018) was dedicated to
photographic and archival practices in the academic disciplines of
archaeology, ethnology, and art history. After its culmination in the
exhibition „Unboxing Photographs: Working in the Photo Archive“
(Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer
Kulturbesitz, 2018), it took two more years to complete its last output,
a book now published by Kerber Verlag and designed by Heike Grebin and
Andreas Trogisch (Troppo Design).

While the project was focused on the biographies and itineraries of
photographic objects in scholarly archives, this online event will focus
on the biography of the book itself: it is not only a text with images,
but rather an autonomous object that acts and interacts in different
ecosystems, among them the photo archives and the reference libraries of
the four partner institutions: the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches
Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute, the Kunstbibliothek and the
Antikensammlung, both Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer
Kulturbesitz, and the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The primary challenge of the book was to convey on printed paper
photographic and archival materiality. The volume reflects the dynamics
of the four collections as well as the interactions between the authors,
designers, and artists who participated in the project. Research is an
open process that does not end with the duration of a given project.
Similarly, this book is not a final product, but rather represents a
momentary status quo. The production of the book was an integral part of
the research process. With its sophisticated design this publication –
by definition belonging to the category of multiple originals –
replicates the tensions between uniqueness and reproducibility that
characterize discussions about photographs and archives.

The online event will explore the scholarly and creative processes and
ideas that led to the production of the book and continue to resonate in
the authors‘ research even beyond the project. This kaleidoscopic
presentation will be enriched by two of the artists involved in the
project, by the designers of the book as well as by two esteemed


Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz –
Max-Planck-Institut): Introduction

Artists‘ presentation:
Johannes Braun & Toby Cornish (JUTOJO): „An den Rändern, rau“ – From the
Video Installation to the Book, or: From Two Screens to Two Double-Page

Petra Wodtke (Freie Universität Berlin): Networks
Julia Bärnighausen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Disruptions
Stefanie Klamm (Universität Erfurt): Transformations
Franka Schneider (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Co-laboration

Heike Grebin & Andreas Trogisch (Troppo Design): From the Project to the
Book, or: The Project is the Book, the Book is the Project


Alexa Färber (Universität Wien, European Ethnology): Studying
Photography’s Multiple Modes of Existence
Katharina Sykora (Professor emerita, Art History): About the ‚Nature‘ of
the Photo/Book

Final roundtable discussion

The event will end at around 6:30pm
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