Can digital redefine our relationship with museum collections?

Online-Event on 27 April, 9 to 11 am, CEST.

Join us on April 27 as we share insights from our journey! We develop human-centered ways of working with our collections in collaboration with an international network of co-creators.

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The Übersee-Museum is on a journey of reinvention. As a place for multidisciplinary research in ethnology, natural history and trade history we are transitioning to a space for conversation and impact. As part of this effort, we launched digital residencies for artists linked with Pacific Islands and diaspora communities. Having spent 4 months working closely with this dynamic group, we have developed innovative methods to change perspectives on our collections.

This virtual event will feature lightning talks as well as group discussions in a friendly setting. We hope this session on process, lived experiences and practical insights will help and inspire you to tackle institutional challenges.

This session is suitable for cultural practitioners, policy makers and foundations. You may be part of digital, curatorial, marketing and education teams. This session is free to attend, but places are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. We recommend that you register a place as soon as possible. The talk will be in English (with German translation).


Welcome note: Why do we need to re-imagine our collections?
Wiebke Ahrndt, Director Übersee-Museum

Can poetry be used as meta-data to prioritise indigenous ways of seeing?
Hinemoana Baker & Emelihter Kihleng talk about the family dynamics of museum collections.

Who has the burden of sense-making?
Lisa Hilli re-imagines the practice of dialogue by museums

Should we accept the impermanence of object names?
Ashleigh Taupaki & Jasmine Tuiā explore the circular nature of storytelling

Speakers bio

Wiebke Ahrndt is the director of the Übersee-Museum Bremen. She is an honorary professor in the faculty of Cultural Science at the University of Bremen. As an ethnologist her research background is in Meso-American studies.

Emelihter Kihleng received her PhD in Pacific Studies in 2015; she is a poet, curator and teacher from Pohnpei Island, Micronesia.

Hinemoana Baker, writer and recording artist of Māori and Pākehā descent, is currently doing a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Lisa Hilli is an artist who helps museums curate exhibitions that focus on indigenous perspectives. She is also a member of “Powerhousegalang”, an international indigenous think tank of the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.

Ashleigh Taupaki creates sculptures from materials such as wood, concrete and metal, influenced by Māori concepts of place and place-making. Jasmine’s work focuses on indigenous Samoan narratives, which she explores through photography, videography, and the production of siapo.

Abhay Adhikari is the founder of Digital Identities. He has led innovation projects with museums, local governments and the private sector in Europe and South Asia.


This event is part of the NEO collections project In the project’s blog, those involved will keep you up to date:

NEO Collections on Medium platform

Funded by the Digital Culture Programme of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).