Daoula / Sheen. West African Wild Silk on its Way
AppointmentFri., Nov. 18, 2022 -
Sat., Apr. 29, 2023
The exhibition »Daoula | Sheen«, which opens on November 17th, 2022 and will initially be shown in the Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin, focuses on the natural formation and the cultural history of wild silk obtained from caterpillars in West Africa, and on the many and complex ways in which this unique material is viewed by microbiologists, materials scientists, and architects in Germany. Curated by MoA members Laurence Douny, Karin Krauthausen, and Felix Sattler, and co-created by a large and diverse multidisciplinary team, this unusual project sets out to stimulate dialogue between West African craft, European science, and design.
In Burkina Faso ›daoula‹ is a term meaning ›sheen‹ or ›charisma.‹ For the Marka-Dafing community daoula is one of the natural characteristics of certain animals, humans, and things. However, each community has its own unique access to the meaning of and the knowledge about daoula: silk producers from Burkina Faso, microbiologists, materials scientists, and architects from Germany each have their own terms and their own specific sets of tools. In laboratories in Berlin the caterpillar’s mouth, the spinner’s spindle, and the weaver’s loom are replaced by microscopes and pipettes. In Berlin artschool workshops the work with threads is scaled up and transformed into a proposal for human habitats.
The knowledge and the exchange of knowledge between these different actors is the focus of an exhibition that will be shown first at the Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin and then at the Musée de la Musique Georges Ouedraogo in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). West African wild silk is on its way—informing and inspiring a dialogue between West African craft, European science, and design.
The exhibition is can be seen every Tue-Sat, 2-6pm.
Organizer: Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«
Scientific director: Laurence Douny, Karin Krauthausen, Felix Sattler (Curators)
Antje Nestler, Carolin Ott
Phone: 030 2093-66257
Philippstraße 12 (Haus 3).Langhans- + Gerlachbau, Tieranat. Theater (Haus 3)