Ute Holfelder and Klaus Schönberger: On Co-Production

05.02.2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
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Artists and scientists are increasingly working together. However, as experiences in a lot of transdisciplinary projects show, such co-production brings with it many obstacles that need to be dealt with: Different institutional logics, different priorities, different ‘products’. This presentation outlines some of the dynamics arising from trans-disciplinary co-productions, and the strategies to deal with them productively.

Klaus Schönberger and Ute Holfelder have together developed and realised numerous transdisciplinary research projects. These research projects were each located at the interface of artistic and ethnographic research.

Ute Holfelder is a cultural anthropolgist working as senior scientist at the Institute for Cultural Analysis, University of Klagenfurt. In addition to her teaching activities, she has been working in various transdisciplinary projects with video artists, sound artists and performance artists. Currently she is working on the transdisciplinary procect "Performing Reality. Dis- und Re-artikulation des Dispositivs Kärnten/Koroška", which deals with the conflict-ridden history of Carinthia.

Klaus Schönberger is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt/Celovec. He is coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 project TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts). He led research projects at the interface of ethnography and artistic research at the Zurich University of the Arts.

TRACES is a three-year project funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Through an innovative research methodology, TRACES investigates the challenges and opportunities raised when transmitting complex pasts and the role of difficult heritage in contemporary Europe.

European cultural heritage is inherently complex and layered. In the past, conflicting or controversial perspectives on different historical memories and experiences have been colliding in the rich cultural landscape of Europe and continue to do so in the present. These contentious heritages are often particularly difficult to convey to a wide public and can impede inclusivity as well as prevent the development of convivial relations. Nevertheless, if transmitted sensitively, they can contribute to a process of reflexive Europeanisation, in which the European imagination is shaped by self-awareness, on-going critical reflection, and dialogue across different positions.

TRACES involves a multi-disciplinary team that brings together established and emerging scholars, artists, and cultural workers to develop a rigorous, creative and all-round investigation on contentious cultural heritages, and to experiment with innovative research methodologies. In order to achieve these objectives, TRACES has initiated a series of “Creative Co-Productions” in which artists, researchers, heritage agencies, and stakeholders collaborate on long-term projects researching selected cases of contentious heritage and developing new participatory public interfaces. Theoretical investigations pertaining to different research fields and disciplines will support and complement these art-based research actions, analysing and expanding their outcomes with the aim to identify new directions for cultural institutions and museums to effectively transmit contentious cultural heritage and contribute to evolving European identities.

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