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“Kept Things”: Heterotopic Provocations in the Museal Representation of East German Everyday Life

Опубликовано на портале: 23-01-2015
Laboratorium. Журнал социальных исследований. 2014.  № 2. С. 101-122. 
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This article undertakes a reciprocally informed analysis of Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia and the temporary exhibition Aufgehobene Dinge: Ein Frauenleben in Ost-Berlin (KeptThings: A Woman’s Life in East Berlin), on display in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, from March28, 2010, until May 5, 2011. The exhibition emerges as site and practice that questions fundamentallyhow other contemporary museums represent East German everyday life. At the sametime, Kept Things renders visible the mechanisms by which museums construct knowledge. Thefoundation for this article consists in an interrogation of the concept of heterotopia that emphasizesits methodological possibilities and capacity to reveal knowledge. The application ofdimensions of heterotopia explicates how spatial, temporal, and political contexts shape theexhibition’s meaning while simultaneously gesturing towards the possibility of more nuancedrepresentations of the East German past than circulate currently.
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