Moving The Forum – Chapter 1: Approaching

On October 9, 2021, from 4pm to 9pm, four teams of artists will be presenting the results of their work created for the first chapter, entitled Approaching, on site of the Humboldt Forum. 

With Restless Objects, Hagar Ophir questions the display of “absence” and proposes a rehearsal of emptying the exhibition space from its objects.

Tamar Grosz, Guilherme Morais, Marcelo Omine, and Emilio Gordoa work in Das ist kein Spiel with a group of young students to undermine hierarchies and structures of control with perspectives of the young.

Listening Bodies, an investigation by Gabriele Reuter, Marcelo Schmittner and Charlotte Virgile into the last forty years of the Humboldt Forum site, explores companionship and aural history as intersectionality is addressed in one-on-one formats. Due to limited number of participants, pre-registration at the information desk is necessary for Listening Bodies. Start: 16.30 / 17.10 / 17.50 / 19.10 / 19.50

Miguel Witzke Pereira‘s performance and video installation Warrior traces lost events and reclaims occupied space. The starting point of his artistic research is the Skulpturensaal am Schlüterhof.

The performances will be looped and accompanied by discursive events that take up the topics of the works.We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on site.


‘Restless Objects’ is an ongoing ritualistic rehearsal towards a possible act of emptying the museum from its heritage.


In parallel to the long-running and complex operation of transferring artefacts from the collection of the Ethnological Museum of Berlin to the Humboldt Forum, rehearsals towards a counter course of action will take place. The pubic is invited to witness members of the restoration team and art handlers of the institution rehearsing a procedure of emptying the vitrines in the new exhibition spaces at the Berliner Schloss. Touching upon the complexities of exhibiting ethnological collections in European institutions and in the Humboldt Forum in particular, the work will ask to set a clear reminder that the future of the objects in the collection is questionable and yet to be determined. 


Research Questions

How are high-value artefacts being delivered from one collection space to another and what institutional undercurrents does this procedure bring to the surface?
In which ways does the continuous moving of plundered collections perform the imperial power structures, and what other actions can transgress this performance?
What happens when the art handlers are re-choreographed, and what rehearsals and actions should we practice for a possibility of emptying the Museum spaces?

Hagar Ophir


Dana Yahalomi

dramaturgy and artistic consultant

Itamar Gov


Johanna Kapp

collection manager

Maike Voelkel


Christian H. Cordes

display case technology

Diana Sirianni

art handling

Ghaith Hanki