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Workshop for curators and museum professionals in Kochi

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Dates: 13th 14th and 15th December

Time: 2 to 5 PM

Free admission.

Location: Cochin Club + off site locations.


In the first of three sessions, the Temporary Academy will investigate an historical museum collection in Kochi in search of “ambiguous objects”, artefacts that blur the distinction between nature and culture, sea and land, and constitute “enigmatic debris”.

The second session will be based on fieldwork in the local Kochi second-hand market. Here participants will identify and acquire, where possible, another assemblage of unfamiliar artefacts that in their mind’s eye evoke the poetic uncertainty of meanings in the 21st century.

The final and third session will include a discussion of the “ambiguous objects” acquired by each of the participants, and an open exchange with the public.

Through this inquiry, the workshops will explore the potential for the remediation of historical artefacts using the format of a “museum-university”, a site of dialogical experimentation and research centered on museum collections.


Clémentine Deliss is an independent curator, publisher and researcher. She studied contemporary art and anthropology in Vienna, Paris and London and holds a PhD from the University of London on dissident Surrealism and experimental French anthropology of the 1920s. She recently curated the Dilijan Arts Observatory, an international, trans-disciplinary gathering of artists, historians and scientists in a former Soviet electronics factory in the Armenian spa town of Dilijan. She was the publisher of the itinerant artists’ and writers’ periodical Metronome (1996-2007), which was presented at numerous museums and events including documenta X and documenta 12. She has taught at several academies and held guest professorships at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and was Reader in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art. She is on the board of the Scientific Council of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. She lives in Berlin.



If you are a interested in participating in the workshop, please fill in the form attached and email it to before the 30th of November. You will get an email confirming your seat once you register. There are limited seats to the workshop so urging interested persons to apply at your earliest. The workshop is free and open to all curators, museum professionals and art historians.