Pergamon (A Place in Things) / 2014
Incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, halogen lamps, and other lighting devices from the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
15 x 600 x 700 cm
Pergamon (A Place in Things) reunites more than one hundred lighting devices that were previously used in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, systematically laid out on a plinth. The presentation appropriates scientific methods of cataloguing often used in anthropology museums such as the Pergamon. Isolated in this way, the bulbs now appear fragile and powerless, an inversion of their former symbolic presence as omnipresent eyes scrutinizing cultural treasures excised from other civilizations. By turning museological methods back upon themselves, Lagomarsino highlights the colonial structures and embedded violent histories that uphold Western anthropological collections.