What if the South is here? In a potential scenario where our climate could get warmer and “tropicalised”, can objects that come from the tropics but are kept in European museums, transgress their current passive state and untranslatability? Can forms and ideas from the South contained within the objects lead us to future adaptations for new climate conditions? How can we re-translate the knowledge and social relations carried by objects from the South to a European context without privileging modern conceptual paradigms? During the workshop, we will investigate this scenario and focus on objects in the context of Europe that are connected to us with various global warming transformations. In order to, in some ways, understand the new landscape by sharing knowledge from the objects. By looking at the archive of the Tropenmusuem in Amsterdam the southern objects and their current context, it draws out a new translation of tropical archives in museums collections on the history of colonial trade and exchange. There will be a collaborative workshop to re-read the tropical objects creating a new atlas of the objects from the southern hemisphere. The audience will be invited to learn and engage with this speculative landscape. Through a process of a materialised collaborative moment of thinking together to create a speculative new landscape by retranslating the objects from the archive.

In collaboration with The New Alphabet School (2019-2021), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.
Project supported by the Amsterdam Fund for Arts (AFK), Framer Framed, Haus der Kulturen welt (HKW)