Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: WLB 104, Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong
Over the past 20 years Claudia Terstappen’s research has concentrated on knowledge systems and how knowledge is communicated in different times, countries and cultures. She has focused on beliefs, forms of worship and rituals as they are part of our daily experience in both our local and global environments.
She has particularly focused on religious iconography, objects and ceremonies because they give meaning and shape to suffering and deep emotional pain that words fail to pin down. They are witnesses to human emotion that struggles to fit into a world that is dominated by science, technology and logic.
In order to visit religious sites, interview people and experience rituals in regional and remote areas, she has lived, worked and travelled in Brazil, Columbia, Iceland, Spain, France, Japan, North America and Australia. The range of cultural differences and similarities I encountered were often surprising.
These experiences have manifested themselves in large-scale photographic works, sculptures, installations and more recently videos. By applying different media and materials to my works, she offers different temporalities and suggest alternative ways of experiencing time, culture and place. Between 2010 and 2014 she focused on death rituals including those that involve live animals. In addition to traditional bullfights in Spain, I also looked at animals that were sacrificed for science, and animals killed on our roads as a result of our daily work rituals.