Curator’s Seminar #1: Wayne Modest

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

An encounter and exchange with Wayne Modest at the Ethnographic Museum in Leiden; afternoon- time tbc.

A curator’s seminar is an opportunity for an in-depth encounter with a curator, whose practices intersect with the themes of the Block. Over the course of a long afternoon, the curator shares his or her practice, tools and vision. This may be followed by practical sessions, dialogues or short assignments. 

Wayne Modest is the Head of the Research Center for Material Culture, the research institute of the National Museum of World Cultures, which unites some of the most significant Dutch ethnographic collections, including those of the Africa Museum, Museum Volkenkunde/Ethnographic Museum and Tropenmuseum. Formerly, Modest was the head of the curatorial team at Tropenmuseum.

“Regarding ethnological museums and their collections, I agree that there is a practice of objectification. There is a way in which these objects have been conscripted into the same narrative – the "exotic", the "other", the "outsider", the alien. And these objects become representatives of those notions. (…) These objects are like citizens in exile that share similar genealogies of citizenship with earlier migrants. In some cases objects also share something with refugees: the place from which they came, or the vulnerable position they hold as "not belonging". Wayne Modest in dialogue with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, and Margareta von Oswald in L’internationale. 

Attendance is free, attendance is free, but seating is limited. Reserve your place with an email to:

DAS Theatre has invited South African playwright and director Brett Bailey to curate the Block 'The Mything Link – Breaking Stories form the Dawn of Time’ for the academic year 2017-2018. Starting from an engagement with myth in his own work, Bailey wish to contextualize, deepen and expand his fascination has led to the following questions: What ancient, unconscious, cultural meanings and knowledge do myths hold for us today? How can myths resonate with the fraught era in which we are living? What harmful prejudices do they perpetuate, and how can we rid them of those prejudices?

Several public events are planned – some open for a general audience, some for a smaller, invited audience. These are moments the block ‘opens up’ to the outside world, and DAS Theatre shares the artistic resources of the block: Curators Labs, contextual evenings with guest speakers alongside block teachers and presentation evenings where the work developed by students is shown. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for all the latest information.