Lecture and Film Screening – The Catalogue of Speculative Translations

Abigail Celis, Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in French and Francophone Studies and African Studies, Penn State

Dr. Celis will discuss and screen her experimental video project that creates an alternative sensorial world of African art objects held in museum collections, especially the Museum of Art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (MAAOA) in Marseille, France. Whether regarded as a temple or a forum, art museums tend to privilege sight as the primary mode for relating to the objects on display. The Catalogue of Speculative Translations (re)activates the textures, sounds, and affects that are muted in the museum space. Through this re-visioning, the film evokes histories of colonialism and conquest, but also community and care, that are part of the collection’s biography.

Sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art. This event is part of the African Brilliance Lecture Series.