Working with contested heritage

Date: 23/11/2020

Time: 19.30 -20.30

Location: Online

A public online roundtable discussion in the framework of OPEN UP! The Heritage Contact Zone Week of Contested Heritage. See the whole programme here.

The URL of the event will be published soon.

The following three workshops will happen locally and on invitation from 17.30 – 19.30 and will be followed by a public conversation online, starting at 19.30.

HU – Representations of the Nation
The Living Memorial group will organise a workshop on diverse representations of the nation. Public debates around the nation, its roles in the past and in the 21st century, the visible efforts to monopolize certain representations and narratives attached to it make this heritage in the actual Hungarian public sphere contested and highly contentious. The workshop will offer a common space for activists coming from various fields of activities (young artists, community organisers, students, social and educational trainers, specialists) to discuss this contested heritage.
Language: Hungarian

NL – Pusaka
Pusaka’s are objects from the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia with a mystical and magical significance for the personal and collective identity of their owners, especially in today’s post-colonial societies. Some objects have also been an instrument in a diplomatic context between the Netherlands and Indonesia in order to ease tense relations between the countries. In this workshop Esther Captain, researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, will discuss how to create access to pusaka’s through co-operation across disciplines, institutional and national boundaries, how to involve communities in historic research on Pusaka’s and how to deal with contested and sensitive heritage objects, including (ethical) questions on belonging, ownership, restitution and the like. Artists, researchers, curators and practitioners are invited to reflect on the approach or method to work with owners of highly personal family objects that hold traumatic as well as hopeful memories.

RO – The Golden Flat: Last carnival – exhibition, by Alexandru Potecă (August 2010)
The exhibition ”Golden Flat” is an installation about old and worn objects from communist and post-communist Romania; objects devoured by their own functionality, unable to induce any emotional or aesthetic attachment, but which prove to be a source of aesthetic and conceptual unpredictability. The artist Alexandru Potecă joins the Heritage Contact Zone Project to help his audience create its own transformed objects from the 1970s and 80s. The goal of the workshop is to give new meaning to the objects that participants bring to the workshop, re-configuring their relationships with everyday life and a complex past.

With observers Jasper Chalcraft and Kornelia Kiss.

Who should participate?
The Week invites artists, activists, creative producers, cultural managers and curators to engage with the project’s outcomes and bring in their own experiences in order to share and empower each other.