This december, the very first ''Museum of Trance'' will be unleashed to the world during the fourth Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Once again the video and installation artist Henrike Naumann and the musician Bastian Hagedorn team up – this time to present the history and practice of German Trance culture. In order to get the museum's laboratory of trance ready to be taken over by the local population and art scene in december, the artists are starting a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter running from the 11th of october till the 09th of november which provides for the funding of the technical equipment for the Museum of Trance and the wages for the collaborators in Haiti. In the course of the campaign there will be an exclusive warm-up event on the 23rd of october to welcome all supporters to the community of the „Museum of Trance“ and hence to keep them updated on the project's progress.
In 2009 the Haitian artist collective Atis Rezistans hosted their first Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince welcoming international artists, musicians and curators. Thus every other year artists from radically different backgrounds enter into an artistic dialogue, start to join artistic forces. The concept for the ''Museum of Trance'' is based on the widespread exhibition activity as practiced by most ethnological museums in Europe: other cultures are exoticised; exhibited as ''the other''. A colonial perception of something seemingly different is manifested in the museums.
The ''Museum of Trance'' breaks these habits by focusing on ritual practices which are aimed at attaining stages of trance. These kind of practices occupy a strong social position in the Haitian religious and cultural life, particularly by the means of Vodou drumming, while being rather alien to German cultural practice. Another story is unfolded by genre of trance emerging on the scene in the early 1990s. By displaying german trance culture as an exotic ritual element of modern western European culture Naumann and Hagedorn are turning the tables. Using the manner of exhibition own to ethnological museum they present seemingly authentic, strange artefacts – which are in fact all self-produced and self-composed.
The museum aims at pushing the boundaries between the displayed and its observers, always fundamentally challenging its own representational routine. During the Ghetto Biennale Haitian artists and musicians are invited to explore the museum's club atmosphere, its lasers, fogging machines and all its original equipment. In open artistic exchange elements of German subculture are laid bare to cultural appropriation, mingling and acquisition. The artists offer a platform to jointly deconstruct the ethnological museum as an institution.
Due to Haiti's social, health and political instability financial support is usually granted to humanitarian rather than cultural projects. Despite its flourishing art scene Haiti is suffering from a drastic shortage of cultural funding. To ensure that Haitian artists and musicians get involved in the project the ''Museum of Trance'' heavily relies on paying professional fees. Rewards for financial support received through the crowdfunding campaign range from 3D-posters, to mp3 trance tracks straight outta Port-au-Prince, to a leading position in the museum's virtual advisory board and the invitation to a secret event in Berlin.
Let's make trance history!
Video: Tea Palmelund
Text: Johanna Ekenhorst
23.10. Warm-up Event in Berlin, Germany (Secret Location)
14.12.-20.12. exhibition and events in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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27.11.-20.12.2015 Port-au-Prince, Haiti
27.11. artists start arriving
14.-20.12. Screenings and performances
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