Daniel Boyd 'Up in Smoke Tour'

  • Bergit Arends (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


The presentation "Daniel Boyd 'Up in Smoke Tour': Decolonising the Natural History Museum through Contemporary Art" by Bergit Arends was part of the international Conference "Art/Nature. Contemporary Art in Natural History Museums and Collections" in Berlin on the 26th and 27th of June 2017, organized by the project Kunst/Natur with artistic interventions at the Museum for Naturkunde Berlin: ‘Opening new perspectives’, ‘moving natural history museums’, ‘creating a space for poetry in science’, ‘mediating difficult legacies’ – the purposes and motivations for a collaboration between contemporary art and natural history museums are as manifold as the approaches and experiences of the different protagonists and actors involved, including the museum’s visitors. The conference outlined recent and ongoing art projects and art programmes in natural history museums and in the natural history collections of multidisciplinary museums. In doing so, it aimed to reflect upon and discuss the mutual expectations, potentials, possible limitations and values of these kinds of interactions and interventions from the perspectives of curators, artists and researchers.
Period27 Jun 2017
Event titleArt/Nature Conference
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • contemporary art
  • Daniel Boyd
  • Indigenous
  • decolonising
  • art history
  • museum studies