Draft Programme of the sixth “Meet, See, Do” conference, 18-20 April 2018, Thessaloniki
Meet, See, Do 2018 18-20 April Thessaloniki, Greece
VENUE: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Dr Tatjana Cvjeticanin, President of BMN
Dr Thouli Misirloglou, Director of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Dr Agathoniki Tsilipakou, Director of Museum of Byzantine Culture
VENUE: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Working for MOMus: the new vision for visual arts in Thessaloniki
Thouli Misirloglou, Director of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art / Maria Tsantsanoglou, Director of the State Museum of Contemporary Art
Thessaloniki has the privilege of having two museums of contemporary art: the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), founded in 1979 by citizens, and the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA), founded in 1997 by the Greek state. The two museums, with all their branches and departments, are about to form a new ambitious institution, the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki. The speakers will refer to the history of each museum up to now and will share with the participants the vision of MOMus.
- Discussing the European Identity, Sofia Trouli; The workshop is based on the educational program: What is Europe for you; inspired by the exhibition Critical Archives III: Identities. Europe: the faces and the territory.
- 3C: Cities on The Move – post-Otoman (common, collaboration, co-production), Igor Stepancic; The workshop focuses on the exhibition CITIES ON THE MOVE – POST-OTTOMAN that is currently touring the Balkan region.
- Future heritage 2218, for Brave and Those Willing o Play!, Andrej Bereta; This workshop is about possibilities to create narratives for future heritage, based on the facts about artifacts, possibilities for display of exhibition, dedicated to various types of audience
- A Hundred and One Ways to Remove Disabling Barriers at Your Museum, Michèle Taylor; This workshop will present examples from across the world, with plenty of pictures.
Heritage and Activism
Speakers: Dr Esther Solomon, Eliza Marin and Elma Hodžić
Facilitator: Dr Tatjana Cvjetićanin
Should museums play an activist role? Should they take stance on matters like social inequality, lack of sustainability, and violation of human rights? In this session it will be argued that activism is part of the museums’ social and educational role. Given the broad social framework of global economic instability, armed conflicts, increasing refugee flows and divisive and xenophobic discourses about close and distant “Others”, museums face unprecedented challenges and are called to assume new responsibilities and action that can influence social change. Examples of international and Greek museums embracing relevant issues will be explored, whereas the focus will be given on interesting and innovative ways museums have proposed in order to address refugeeism, displacement and forced migration.
Project Slamming & Presenting is an opportunity to present, test and verify your projects using “audience checking” techniques. The session will consist of poster presentation and Project Slams. The representatives of museums present activity of their choice through a poster explaining the content to the curious minds of other participants. Remember to have fun and learn a lot about the interesting ideas that are presented! “Hmmm maybe we could do something similar together in the future….?!. Brave, quick and competitive “poster presenters” would also have the opportunity to give 5-8 minutes presentation of their projects, good examples related to conference themes… Let us connect, support and learn from/with each other. Support your favorite initiative and poster by giving them your point for the “The Best Poster Award”.
How to Recreate the Lost Sense of Place? Community Museums and Interpretation of (In)Tangible Heritage
- Dragana Lucija Ratkovic Aydemir
- Curatorial Practice – Jewish Heritage: a Shared Heritage of the Balkans, Christina Meri and Eva Koppen; Participants will be invited to bring examples of questionable objects from their own museum collections to the workshop for interactive identification with the group.
- Dealing with the Communist Past, Etleva Demollari; At this workshop we will discuss different approaches to dealing with the past in Albania and present specific examples such as opening of National Museum of Secret Surveillance, “The House of Leaves” and the National History Museum.
- Valuation of Museum Heritage – the First Step in Heritage Interpretation, Katarina Zivanovic and Lidija Milasinovic; The workshop represents the implementation of a methodology that evaluates the value of museum heritage, which represents the first phase in the interpretation of heritage.
- Developing New Audiences using Agile Methodologies, Daniel Weiss; Learning about the ways to develop new Museums audiences by changing the way museum’s collection are presented to the public as well as incorporating the emotional approach in interpretation.
What is Balkan Heritage?
Speakers: Taja Vovk van Gaal, Philippos Mazarakis, Jelena Močević and Thouli Misirloglou
Facilitator: Elma Hašimbegović
The panelists will present different institutions, programmes and exhibitions that disclose and discuss the Balkan heritage in a wider European context. The conversation will take us from the story behind the establishment of the House of European History, to the making of the exhibition “Shared Sacred Sites” that talks about the religious coexistence; The curatorial process of the “Imagining the Balkans, Identities and Memory in the long 19th century” exhibition and The European Heritage Days held throughout Europe in September each year.
Gathering in thematic corners the networking session is the time for active communication among the participants. Guided conversations are dedicated to an aspect of the museum work that and will resonate with your work. At his session we will ask and answer questions, network, exchange ideas, thoughts, experience, current practices and possible solutions to the problems…
Lobbying for Cultural Heritage in Europe
- Sneska Quaedvlieg – Mihailovic
- The Enquiring Museum and the Cat called Democracy, Jenny Anghelikie Papasotiriou; In this workshop, we will share tools from the analytical philosophy, philosophy of the mind, political philosophy and theory of knowledge to develop ways for interrogating objects but also for letting the objects interrogate us.
- From the Streets to UNESCO: The Story of Natural Heritage Activism in Rosia Montana that Took Over the World, Eliza Marin; Why museums have the responsibility to actively participate in a more engaged practice linking their local communities concerns with global one?
- Loving Museum, Nora Prekazi Hoti; the story on how the love of the professional staff is transforming a building that was not made for museum into an active museum.
- Access Surveys: a Tool for Change, Etleva Demollari, Irena Ruzin and Artemis Stamatelou; Starting from the social model of disability, museums consider access surveys or access audits as a necessary process to understand what they already do well and what they need to improve, in order to become barrier-free environments for all.
- Transforming Future Museums: the Power of Networks, Chrysa Zarkali; The British Council has launched Transforming Future Museums (January 2016–July 2018) supported by Stavros Niarchos foundation, an intensive professional development programme designed to boost the museum and heritage sector in Greece.
- A Touch of History! Working Together Towards Accessibility, Marinos Kachrilas; A presentation of the new educational project of the National Historical Museum of Greece (NHM) designed in collaboration with the Lighthouse for the Blind.
- Roman Hairstyles Workshop in the Museum of Srem, Jasmina Davidovic and Sanja Samardzija; Images and a demonstration of the hairstyles from the Museum collections.
- The Construction of our Perceptions, Dimitra Sidiropoulou; Rethinking how history is written through the years, how identities and memory are formulated and the role of museums and cultural institutions around these issues.
As every year, “Meet, See, Do” conference is an opportunity for members of the BMN (representatives of museum members and individual members) to meet and discuss what has been done in the last year and what are the plans for the forthcoming period. Dear members, looking forward to discuss with you plans and ideas for the future of the Balkan Museum Network. This session is for everyone.
After the Assembly meeting, the award for “The Best Craft-based Museum Souvenir of 2017” will be given to the representative of the winning museum. A joint photo of all the participants will follow.
The conference is funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The conference is hosted by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
The conference is part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.