Diving into the astounding 50.000 piece ethnographic collection of Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, ethnographica.net puts thought to things, items, and artefacts originating from all over the world, having been collected since the 1950s. Each piece tells a story of its own, more or less known, and forming a space for letting more items come to light, ethnographica.net aims at extending ethnographers’ original field notes, scribbles, and jottings into visually inspiring input. We bring hidden stories to life.
Encouraging information sharing about the collection’s pieces, we wish to inspire visually and informally the thinking through things in their beauty, horror, amusing features as well as purposes and meaning for the people from which they have been collected. With this, we hope to spur the enthusiasm of things and their storytelling and thought provoking abilities.
The site is run by Sophie Seebach, PhD and curator of the Ethnographic Collections. The post are written by Sophie, as well as curator and PhD scholar of anthropology at Aarhus University, Ulrik Høj Johnsen and PhD scholar Malthe Barnkop Lehrmann. ethnographica.net adds to the anthropological tradition of thinking through things, offering a creative and informal space for exploring exactly what the blog’s title suggests – ethnographica of lost and current times.
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