Lecture and Event Programme list 2018
Wednesday 5 Sept
Indonesian ikat textile traditions
This lecture will focus on the importance of these cloths to traditional islanders and look at the actual process of manufacturing as well as give advice on collecting today.
Jonathan Hope has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia and has been collecting and dealing in textiles and ethnographic art for almost four decades.
He has written numerous articles for Hali magazine and is also one of their contributing editors. He is frequently invited to lecture on a number of textile related subjects, most recently at SOAS.
Wednesday 5 Sept
African Headwear, Conservation and Display
Janie will give a basic introduction to conservation materials and methods used to look after objects of mixed media and those that are culturally sensitivity, along with proposals for safe and secure handling, storage and display.
Janie hopes to recognise and address some of the cultural and social issues that surround the conservation of tribal headwear that contain a combination of materials and various animal parts, some of which are now endangered species.
Thursday 6 Sept
Indigenous bronzes and alloys from the interior delta of the Niger river ix – xiv century
The lecture will focus on indigenous bronzes and alloys from the interior delta of the Niger comparing them with others made in the same area from people of a lower social/economical class.
Roberto will also discuss; The Bushmen (originally from South Africa, called “Hottentots” by the Dutch) who arrived via Lake Chad and who have now practically disappeared. The Bura site, in the same area, will also be mentioned – a remarkable cross-point of civilizations from the 9th to the 14th centuries.
Ashanti terracotta’s dating to their first immigration (9th – 11th century) will also be discussed.
Thursday 6 Sept
Exploring donors, uncovering collections, and transforming displays: the Africa and Pacific collections at RAMM.
Tony Eccles is the Curator of Ethnography at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, and is completing a very exciting moment in the Museum’s history. Recent Arts Council (Designation) funding means RAMM has developed their World Cultures galleries creating fresher, brighter, lighter and an even more engaging collection. This refurbishment is concerned with an exciting redisplay of the African and Pacific collections, and a new family area inspired by the cultures they represent.
RAMM cares for over 11,000 items from Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. The Africa collection contains an assortment of weapons and tools, costume, carvings, masks, musical instruments and personal adornment.
Tony Eccles will speak about developments within the World Cultures collection, key acquisitions, the future of the collection and the Museum’s responsibility and approach to cross-culture communication and complex issues such as repatriation.
Fri 7 Sept
Oceania – A Landmark show
Royal Academy of Arts
Tribal Art will be brought to the main stage in late September with an exciting new exhibition, Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts. Oceania will bring together around 200 exceptional works from collections, and will span over 500 years. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, and includes seminal works produced by contemporary artists exploring history, identity and climate change.
Oceania is timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary year of the RA, which was founded in 1768 – the same year Captain James Cook set out on his first Endeavour expedition. Rebecca Bray, Assistant Curator for Oceania will be discussing the reasons behind such an ambitious project, key pieces in the exhibition and the dialogue the RA hopes the exhibition will open up.
Oceania has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, with the participation of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.
Friday 7 Sept
Figure depicting a warrior scorched onto a ( chunga ) rice beer mug, Naga culture. This symbolic figure commands status and prestige giving the object ’mana’
Siobhan will be discussing the concept of ‘Mana’; belief in the supernatural, sacred and powerful, it’s not only people or places that have “mana”, but inanimate objects may also possess “mana”. Objects possessing it impress and command respect. The word and concept derives from the Polynesian word for prestige and is thought to be thousands of years old, it is impersonal, undistinguished and like energy, transmissible between objects.
Siobhan Andresen has lectured at SOAS, University of London.
Steve Oliver Taylor – Green Heart Films
Sat 8 Sept
A Vision of The Past
Steve will be discussing his journeys through the west, south and east regions of Africa where he visited a range of ancient rock painting sites.
In the southern African nation of Zimbabwe, Steve was privileged to wander across the Matopos hills in search of ritual sites that contain caves and rock hangings where one can still see images from other millennia; records of ritual ancestral ceremonies and ancient battles. Many of these sites are said to predate the arrival of the African Bantu agriculturalists who conquered these southern African territories with their iron forged arrows and spears and settled on the fertile lands of the high plateaus to the east and south of the vast desert expanse of the Kalahari.
Steve has also over a period of thirty years visited ritual rock painted sites in Tchad – Niger and Mauritania where one can view sites that contain early portraits and even ritual battles and perhaps
prehistoric creatures long since extinct and near the Air Mountains in central Niger.
After his extensive travels throughout East Africa, Steve began to focus his attention on journeys across the Sahel and the Sahara in 2003 he began creating documentary films and founded a production company by the name of Green Heart Films.