Let's Talk Labels. Part 1: A Conversation around the Pitt Rivers Museum's Labelling Matters Project

Wednesday 10 February, 17.00 - 18.30 

Museum labels showing outdated language

Over the last two years, the Labelling Matters project at the Pitt Rivers Museum has begun to tackle the problematic language of our labels. However, what if one of the primary issues stems from the very process of how we perceive, create and display labels in the Museum?

Reclaiming the Uncanny

Join Labelling Matters researcher Marenka Thompson-Odlum, artists Eiko Soga, Royce Ng and anthropologists Daisy Bisenieks as they discuss a multi-media and multi-sensory approach to museum interpretation and the unexpected and uncanny results of their own practices. How can these approaches work within a space such as the Pitt Rivers Museum?

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pEdsNvWFQoW2599oNglzFw

Supported by TORCH Oxford.

This webinar is part of the Pitt RIvers Museum Radical Hope series.  All talks will be recorded and are available to view after the event on the Radical Hope page.


Marenka Thompson-Odlum, Research Assistant for Labelling Matters Project 

Marenka Thompson-Odlum is a Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral research explores Glasgow’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the material culture house at Glasgow Museums. At the Pitt Rivers Museum, she is the researcher on the Labelling Matters project, which investigates the problematic use of language within the museum spaces and ways of decolonisation through re-imagining the definition of a label.

Eiko Soga

Eiko Soga is a Japanese artist-researcher currently reading for her DPhil at The Ruskin School of Art. Her doctoral project combines video, poetry and ethnography. Currently she is doing fieldwork with an ethnic group in Japan called the Ainu.

Royce Ng

Royce Ng is an artist currently based in Hong Kong working in digital media and performance, who deals with the intersections of modern Asian history, transnational trade, drugs, technology and aesthetics, who works with with anthropologist Daisy Bisenieks in the collective Zheng Mahler.