29 October, 2014 - 10:00
12 November, 2014 - 10:00
10 December, 2014 - 10:00
14 January, 2015 - 10:00
28 January, 2015 - 10:00
11 February, 2015 - 10:00
Wednesdays, 29.10.14, 12.11.14, 10.12.14, 14.01.15, 28.01.15, 11.02.15   //  10:00 –12:30  //  Room 112

Preparation for exhibition in Spring 2015, in collaboration with ‘STALKER’, Prof. Beat Wyss (KW) and Prof. Andreas Müller (SZAD)

Under the immanent threat of Vesuvius’ eruption, everything about the situation in the gulf of Naples seems to be complex and contradictory, archaic and precarious. In case of an eruption, about two million people are to be evacuated—the same number of people that visit the ruins of Pompeii every year.

One of the most beautiful landscapes of the world is currently collapsing under the weight of contemporary culture, real estate speculation, and decaying industry due to the European economic crisis. Exclusivity and exclusion, fragmentation and isolation, emergency and spectacle, actualize the “miseria e nobiltá” historical character of Naples/ Pompeii and its surroundings.

The aim of the seminar is to investigate Pompeii‘s contemporary myth, its growth from the first excavations in 1748 until today, by examining the cultural, environmental and social contradictions between the famous archaeological tourist site and its surroundings. In addition the seminar will examine the changing modes of displaying archaeological objects and how they contribute to the construction of the various narratives of Pompeii.

In collaboration with Prof. Beat Wyss and Prof. Andreas Müller the seminar will feature encounters with the architectural activists ‚STALKER‘ and the Naples based cultural institution Sudlab as well as with specialists of both Pompeii’s archaeological and cultural management. The research will result in an exhibition in Pompeii in Spring 2015 as well as in a publication.

Seminar sessions will be held on a 2-weekly basis in Karlsruhe with guests from Pompeii, followed by a workshop onsite in Pompeii. Final dates for the trip / show tba.