Trapped - a workshop
In connection to the annual event Forskningsdagene, Social anthropologist Geoffrey Gowland invites you to join in a workshop on what animal traps in the museum`s collection may tell us about human ingenuity and the way we relate to other species.
Fishing trap from Yap, an iceland in the Pacific Ocean. Added to the museum`s collection in 1918
Through a series of workshops an exhibition on the theme of traps will be established in the museums Red Zone. Following on the idea of the exhibition as research that is promoted in the Red Zone, the topic of traps is chosen given its potential to reflect on a number of issues broadly related to what may be described as ‘other intentionalities’.
In anthropology, and the social sciences more generally, there has been a recent call to pay attention to non-human agencies, and human-animal relations; traps are artefacts that can be used to think about these themes. Traps are also found in abundance in ethnographic museums collections, early collectors presumably mainly motivated by traps as technology. Traps thus link the museum with the hunting ground, collecting and hunting practices, and can be used as conceptual tool to think about museums and exhibitions as kinds of traps.