World Café

World Café June 4, 5pm – 6pm

Cooperation with DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts” and Domid, Virtual Migration Museum
Elsa Guily, Sandra Vacca and Ulf Aminde

About the format:
The World Café is a workshop method. The “right” questions are used to bring people together in a constructive conversation – topics that are relevant for the participants. The aim is to let as many stakeholders as possible have their say, to find common goals and strategies and thereby to awaken their willingness to participate in the change processes in their favor.
The participants stand or sit in the room at small tables with four to a maximum of six people. The tables are equipped with white, writable “paper tablecloths” and pens or markers.
“Hosts” at the tables provide for the contextual linking of the findings from the various discussion rounds. In the process, two or three different questions are worked on in successive round-tables of 15 to 30 minutes at all tables. Between the rounds of discussion, the groups re-mix. Only the hosts stay at the same table all the time: they welcome new guests, briefly summarize the previous conversation and get the discourse going again.
The World Café concludes with a reflection phase.

Elsa Guily is currently research associate at DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”
with her d
issertation project Decolonizing the site of memory: Listening to migratory life experiences in France‘s National Museum of Immigration History.
After studying fine arts at the ERBA (Ecole des Beaux arts de Rennes), Guily studied art history and cultural studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin (BA) as well as art history in a global context at the Free University of Berlin (MA). In addition to her scholarly work, she works as a freelance cultural critic and editor for Contemporary And (Platform for International Art from African Perspectives) and IAM (Intensive Art Magazine). She also works as a freelance curator. Her focus is on the connection between decolonial practices and critical theory in relation to visual cultural sciences. At the interface between social and cultural theory, Guily is particularly interested in postcolonial issues in memory representations and in archival processes in historiography and artistic practices.

Sandra Vacca is a historian and museologist. She is doing her doctorate at the Universität zu Köln on the history of the museumisation of migration. Since 2013 she has been working at the Dokumentationszentrum und Museum über die Migration in Deutschland where she currently heads the Virtuelle Migrationsmuseum. Previously, she was the head curator of the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum (Scotland) and a scientific assistant at the Historischen Institut der Universität zu Köln.

Ulf Aminde is an artist, filmmaker and teaching activist. He is Professor for Time Based Arts at the Weissensee academy of art, Berlin. There he initiated in particular the *foundationClass for newcomers who want to start their studies at an art academy. In Cologne he will develop a film-based and by using Augmented Reality also participative monument in memory of the racist attacks by the terrorist NSU network in Probsteigasse and Keupstrasse. In his cinematic work he deals with the potential of self-empowerment through the performative camera, alienating effects in the documentary, and strategies of subjectivation. In doing so, he roams through categories of standardization, norms and questions social concepts such as discrimination and exclusion of minorities. His film works are mostly characterized by collaborations and experimental settings.