Ouma Lunches: a research experiment by Clare Butcher

Ouma lunches - Lunch 5, September 19th 2011


September 19th 2011, Frankfurt

Brioche (a rich yeast mixture for tea rolls, etc.)
Teawreath version with hazelnut and raisins (Miss Naude)

PG British Tea

Guest: Sandra Boerngen


Sandra Boerngen is a PhD student at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, University of Giessen – a town just outside of Frankfurt. I was put in touch with Sandra by a curator who knew of Sandra's research into the development of a "modern" South African art scene during the period between 1900 and 1948. Sandra met with me a number of times during a residency that I did with the Frankfurter Kunstverein. During our meetings she alluded to her interest in bringing the sociological work of Bourdieu into a reading of the modern art field in South Africa.

I suggested that we develop on that theme as well as her research into forms of public mediation – such as the Lunch Time Lecture – which developed around modern art in South African galleries during the first half of the last century. The Bourdieu angle on the subject of public exhibitions of art, I found particularly refreshing and was able to apply some of his observations within my rationale. The "new historicisation" mode out of which Bourdieu's work emerged in the 1970s explored concepts of convergence and institutional frameworks – in his work on The Field of Cultural Production Bourdieu focused on 'aesthetic value and canonicity, subjectification and structuration,' while attending to the relationship between 'the role of cultural practices' [like exhibitions] and 'the reproduction of social structures.'[1] More material on this is pending.


[1]Randal Johnson, "Editor’s Introduction: Pierre Bourdieu on Art, Literature and Culture," in The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature, Pierre Bourdieu, (ed.) Randal Johnson (London: Blackwell, 1993).


Lunch 1, May 6th 2011
Lunch 2, August 12th 2011
Lunch 3, August 23rd 2011
Lunch 4, August 26th 2011
Lunch 6 [supper], September 20th 2011