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EXTRACTIVE ZONES. Digital Event Series: Jens Andermann: Inmundo: unspecific aesthetics and the arts of survival

On the occasion of the group exhibition "Extractive Zones" at the Museum der Kulturen Basel (02.07.-17.10.2021), a series of online talks and lectures will take place in the fall. The program was curated by Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez, Professor of Art and Society at the University of Kassel, and Alexander Brust, Head of the America Department at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

With Uriel Orlow, Liliana Gómez and Alexander Brust, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Bénédicte Savoy, Jens Andermann, Carolina Caycedo, and Michael Taussig.

The events will take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. partly as face-to-face events in Basel and partly in digital format. All events are accessible online via Zoom.

The series kicks off on September 9 with a conversation with Swiss artist Uriel Orlow, who is represented in the exhibition. His works presented in Extractive Zones show alternative cultivation and healing practices in southern Africa and address their inequality of a global, (neo)colonial, pharmacological knowledge production. In conversation with Liliana Gómez, he will explain his artistic practice and research. The opening in September will be followed by further diverse events with the curators Liliana Gómez and Alexander Brust, the theorists Macarena Gómez-Barris, Bénédicte Savoy, Jens Andermann and Michael Taussig and the artist Carolina Caycedo.

Together with curator Alexander Brust, head of the Department of the Americas at the Museum der Kulturen, Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez curated the exhibition Extractive Zones and the supporting program. The exhibition will be on view in Basel until October 17, 2021. Liliana Gómez has been a professor of "Art and Society" in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Kassel since August 1, 2021, with a secondary appointment at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. The professorship is one of three newly filled professorships involved in the development of the documenta Institute.


09 September 2021, 6 p.m. Artist Talk with Uriel Orlow at the Museum der Kulturen Basel and via Zoom

October 06, 2021, 6 p.m. Liliana Gómez and Alexander Brust: Contemporary Art and Ethnographyat Museum der Kulturen Basel and via Zoom

October 07, 2021, 6 p.m. Macarena Gómez-Barris: At the Sea's Edge: Non-Extractive Architecturesvia Zoom

October 14, 2021, 6 p.m. Bénédicte Savoy: Cultural Extractivism, Museums and the Consequencesat the Museum of Natural History Basel and via Zoom

November 11, 2021, 6pm Jens Andermann: Inmundo: unspecific aesthetics and the arts of survivalvia Zoom

November 26, 2021, 6 p.m. Artist Talk with Carolina Caycedovia Zoom

Fall 2021 Michael Taussig: Palm Oil and the Metamorphic Sublime. The date will be announced via the museum website at

Please register for events, whether in attendance or digital, by 12 noon on the day of the event through the Museum der Kulturen Basel by email or phone:
+41 61 2666 56 00
Contact and further information:
Alexander Brust, Head of the Americas Department of the Museum der Kulturen
T +41 61 266 56 00

The Extractive Zones exhibition highlights the impact of extractive industries on human-environment relations. In doing so, it tests a critical dialogue between contemporary art and museum objects. The relationship between humans and the environment is radically changing through interventions of extractive industries and knowledge technologies. The term Extractive Zones refers to landscapes and indigenous living spaces in which these multi-layered struggles over resource extraction and (neo-)colonial relations become visible. It was therefore chosen as a meaningful exhibition title. The interdisciplinary approach combines ethnology with cultural studies and art history. Ethnographic objects are brought together with contemporary art. To complement the exhibition, curators Liliana Gómez and Alexander Brust have conceived a program of events that frames the presentation in a reflexive, discursive manner. The results of the exchange will subsequently be published in a book. Information about the exhibition can be found at

The event series takes place in cooperation between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, TRACES, the University of Kassel and the documenta Institute, and is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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