Emanuel Mathias

On the Margins of the Field, 2017 – ongoing

  • Interview (Jane Goodall)
  • Kolokopori, Linocut, 32 x 24 cm, framed 2019

On the Margins of the Field, 2017 – ongoing

Interviews, 25 min, HD Video, Sound

Linocut, 32 x 24 cm, framed 2019

Project partners:
including Martin Surbeck, Departement of Primatology, Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institut für evolutionäre Anthroplogie, Leipzig

Based on the research in the personal archives of primatologists, this work uncovers the researcher as an individual in his research material. It is about following the traces that the researcher leaves in the field of observation with his different recording and documentations attempts – and to adapt them in an artistic translation process. That is in the interest of the so-called forms of writing down. These are materials and data from researchers which stay invisible in the upcoming publication. It can be written down notes, letters, diaries, film and foto-recordings, or objects that just developed in the research process or were collected meanwhile. The artistic work wants to expand the available material with a commenting featureby means of aesthetic interventions. The commenting feature shows the researchers constant pendular movement between subjective and objective perception.


Family Trees – Family Trees is about the individual naming of primates in the context of research that show personal relations of the researcher. Narratives – is about the anecdotic narration of experiences in the field in which factual elements and subjectivity mixes.