‘Re-Imagining the Museum’ with Humboldt Lab Dahlem

"We live our lives in the middle of things." —Sherry Turkle
What connection do we have to objects? This is the question I set out to explore when an inkstone catalyzed a torrent of memories: about my grandfather, about shame, about China. Museums are full of objects. Yet we know so little about them—where they come from, what their own histories are. So how do we connect with them? Do we even need to connect? Objects and meaning waltz in their own mystical world. This is a film that attempts to enter their orbit, and probe our relationship to the things we treasure.

Credits: Bastian Thiery (Camera), Beina Xu (Editor, Producer)
Thank you: Dr. Ching-Ling Wang, Lidia Rossner, Bastian Thiery, Mom, Moritz Götz, Carolin Nüser, Steffen Köhn

Beina Xu is a writer, researcher and videographer based in Berlin. Born in Beijing, she was a journalist and producer in New York for ten years. 

The film is produced as part of ‘Re-Imagining the Museum’, a workshop
of the M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology Program at Freie
Universität Berlin, in co-operation with the Humboldt Lab Dahlem and
the Asian Art Museum, Berlin. Concept and development by Lidia
Rossner.

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The films are produced for ‘Re-Imagining the Museum’, a workshop of the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, in co-operation with Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Ethnological Museum, and Asian Art Museum, Berlin. Concept, development …


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The films are produced for ‘Re-Imagining the Museum’, a workshop of the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, in co-operation with Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Ethnological Museum, and Asian Art Museum, Berlin. Concept, development and supervision by Lidia Rossner.

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