Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK), Johanna Wild

A Watershed Moment!? Bringing a New Design Ethos to the MARKK in Hamburg

In February 2023 the exhibition “Wasser Botschaften” (Water Messages) opened at the MARKK in Hamburg as a contribution to the EU-project “Taking Care. Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care”. Taking the topic of “Water” and the urgency of the climate crisis as a starting point, the exhibition relates ecological knowledges and Water stories stored in the collections to Water protection and climate justice movements initiated from the Global South. In an effort to remain consistent with the exhibition’s underlying theme of climate justice, London-based RESOLVE Collective was invited to apply their design approach of re-use to the context of the previous exhibition installed in the space as well as working with local populations in the Hamburg neighborhood of Wilhelmsburg. A brief introduction to the exhibition and design concept is followed by a discussion of the aims, outcomes and challenges of applying a design ethos based in re-use at the MARKK.


Zur Referentin

Als persönliche Referentin der Direktorin und Kuratorin mit Schwerpunkt zeitgenössische Kunst begleitet Dr. Johanna Wild seit 2018 die Neupositionierung des Museums am Rothenbaum. Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK) in Hamburg. Zuvor promovierte sie an der University of New Mexico in Kunstgeschichte und beschäftigte sich mit der Frage, wie künstlerische Praxis zur Dekolonisierung von Institutionen beitragen kann. Am MARKK trug sie als Co-Kuratorin zu den Ausstellungen Ovizire:Somgu: From Where Do We Speak? (2018), Hey Hamburg! Kennst Du Duala Manga Bell? (2021) und Wasser Botschaften (2023) bei.


Zum Referenten

Akil is one sixth of RESOLVE, an interdisciplinary design collective that aims to address multi-scalar social challenges by combining architecture, art, technology and engineering. RESOLVE have delivered numerous projects, workshops, and talks, in London, the UK, and across Europe, as well as working with a variety of initiatives and institutions to pilot projects that introduce young people from under-represented backgrounds to concepts in interdisciplinary design. RESOLVE are also currently unit leaders at the Architectural Association, research fellows at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and resident creative youth workers at the V&A East/VARI in London.


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Fotograf: Paul Schimweg, ©MARKK

14.30 Uhr
Dr. Johanna Wild, Persönliche Referentin der Direktorin , Projektkuratorin, Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK), Hamburg, Akil Scafe-Smith, RESOLVE Collective, London