You Stole The Objects! The Past, Present & Future is Continuous: Algorithm of Being “Difference” in Space

Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin
You Stole The Objects! The Past, Present & Future is Continuous: The Algorithm of Being “Difference” in Space. Tangibles & Intangibles: Internal Restitution within Western InstitutionsThe Pedagogy & Effect of a Black Practitioner Within a Predominantly White Academic Institution

Seminar, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Wednesdays, weekly with on-site and online elements

Wednesdays, 16-17:30 h, 26.10, 2.11, 9.11., 16.11., 23.11., online
Wednesdays, 16-19:30 h, 30.11., 7.12., 14.12., on-site, Einsteinufer 43, room 203
Wednesdays, 16-17:30 h, 21.12.2022, 1.2.2023, online
Wednesdays, 16-19:30 h, 8.2., 15.2.2023, on-site, Einsteinufer 43, room 203

Online info session: Wednesday, 19.10.2022, 16-17 h:
Meeting-Kennnummer (Zugriffscode): 2732 910 0691; Passwort: Uci5xS2k3Gx

Registration starts 17.10.2022 via Moodle:
Moodle Einschreibeschlüssel / Moodle Enrollment Key: difference

Ongoing Class by Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin “You Stole The Objects: The Past, Present and Future is Continuous'' is a class open to Bachelor, MA and postgraduate that deals with the multilayered conversation on restitution of museum collection holdings and attempts to decentralize the classroom, which is the attempt to take the teacher from the position of power and give power over the class to both the students and teacher. In doing so, the class together navigates racial prejudice, patriarchy, oppressive systems, their effects and the many ways to contest them. I am using my fellowship to develop the research project Tangibles & Intangibles: internal restitution within western institutions. Situated inside and outside the classroom, the project is a continuation of my current artistic research ARCHIVING THE MO(VE)MENT: Documenting the Black and African Experience in Knowledge Decolonisation and current teaching practice You Stole The Object: The Past, Present and Future at the University of Arts, UDK, Berlin. Entwined within my own artistic work, this class is an attempt at a safe environment for students and staff to voice various aspects and positions [ON WHAT], within a process of self-reflection and conversations. Objects violently taken from the Benin Kingdom Massacre are a point of departure and it could also go into dialogue with on-going situations around the world.

Link to full course text and pedagogy:

Guest Lecturers (tbc):
Professor Peju Olowu Layiwola, Artist, Professor of Art History, University of Lagos, Founder, Women and Youth Art Center and Master Art Classes.
Drew Snyder, Senior Curator at KORO
Andrea Goetzke, Curator & Cultural Producer
Eric Gyamfi, MFA, Artist & Photographer
Ato Annan, Artist, Co-Director for the Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: Regular participation and active contribution to seminar activities.

First things first, Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin na the pikin of Victoria Elomese Omonhinmin and Cosmos Ijogbe Omonhinmin, E family big well well and e believe say all these things na very important reason wey make am the person wey e be today, because of the type of pikin wey e be to e mama and papa, the type of brother wey e be to e siblings and the nephew, cousin and uncle wey e be to e extender family and the different communities wey e don stay, all join to make am the very person wey dey do the type of work wey e dey do and difference nor dey between e work and daily life, all of dem joining together as storyteller and spacemaker. Na for Benin City, for Nigeria 1985 naim dem born Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin. Omonblanks na interdisciplinary creative producer or “ambassador of entanglement” wey dey use everything e fit use take make things happen, like form or position wey e need take do e project. Na so e done take do everything like festival curating & producing, creative direction, film, music, art practice, sharing food, conversations and more. With critical discourse E dey rearrange intersections with all d plenty conceptual tools like research-based methods inside oral-storytelling, biographical conversation documentation, archiving, design and collaboration. As a storyteller, spacemaker, he feel say practitioners, especially the ones with Black and African heritage, deserve the chance to do anything them want just like their academic colleagues and get the same respect and regard, because na ontop the work wey practitioners dey do, naim we take dey test theories. He start ‘The Art Concept’, a documentation and archive-focused platform with eye for African and Black societies from individual, community, city, country and continent perspectives, as way to take back power to determine our center and talk our narratives. As E life-Practice sitdon ontop participatory and social-practice, E believe say our body na memory collector and everything we do takes on a life of its own, so through the relationship wey e get with people, stories, space, spices, cooking, sharing collected memories and food all na major part of e handwork/practice. Omonblanks’s past and present works na projects wey dey always touch social engagement. Omonblanks na d architect of The Art Concept Project, wey dey forge new ground in the documentation and archiving of narratives of people of Black and African heritage and those within the many intersections. E be fellow and lecturer for University of Art, Berlin (Oct. 2021-23).

(Regional dialect; English biography see: