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  • Ukraine Heritage Spotlight: Cancelling Russian Culture

    The ongoing war in Ukraine has not only caused physical damage. Russia’s continuing “special military operation” also has a cultural dimension, one which Ukraine is now having to fight against, and not just with heavy weaponry. In this episode of Ukraine Heritage Spotlight, we are in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv to meet renowned historian and public intellectual Professor Yaroslav Hrytsak. Hrytsak recently published a book on Ukraine which underlines the nuances of the country’s history and culture, entitled Overcoming the past: the global history of Ukraine [originally published

    Acessibilidade em espaços culturais da cidade do Porto

    With the title The Imagination of a Visit? Comparative Case study on accessibility conditions in museums in the city of Porto, this work is based on cultural accessibility. This communication is developed within master ́s thesis in Heritage, Arts and Cultural Tourism, at the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. This study seeks not only to reflect on the concept of accessibility and inclusion, but also to analyze the conditions of access to facilities and contents. For this, four museums in the city of Porto were

    Quinta do Mocho: a arte como inédito viável

    This article delves into the Quinta do Mocho community in Lisbon, originally a slum area that became a social neighbourhood inhabited by predominantly African migrant families. The residents, facing deteriorating living conditions, found solace and expression through art, particularly in the form of murals that depicted their dreams, music, cultural diversity, and social critique. These murals served as a means of reclaiming their space and challenging societal discrimination. The document explores the intersection of art, sociomuseology, and educational principles inspired by Paulo Freire. It emphasises the transformative power of art

    Mute: controvérsias entre música e silenciamentos, recursos para abertura de diálogo no processo expositivo do Musée du Quai Branly

    This article delves into the impact of colonial attitudes on musicology and museology, highlighting the marginalisation of non-Western musical practices and indigenous knowledge. It discusses how the colonial legacy perpetuated inequalities, silencing diverse voices and deeming certain forms of knowledge as inferior. The text emphasises the need to challenge these lingering colonial attitudes and embrace a more inclusive approach in the fields of musicology and museology. Furthermore, it explores the work of John Cage, particularly his use of silence as a provocative element in music, shedding light on the significance

    Museus Regionais e a Nova Museologia: a Campanha Nacional de Museus Regionais no Nordeste Brasileiro entre a Arte Moderna e a Arte Contemporânea

    The article discusses the influence of the New School Movement on educational practices, particularly in the context of the creation of regional museums in Brazil. It highlights the efforts to align education with societal needs and promote intellectual growth through the establishment of the National Council of Regional Museums (CNMR). The CNMR aimed to develop a network of regional museums that would serve as educational hubs, fostering a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture and history. One of the key examples mentioned is the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo

    Um olhar Sociomuseológico sobre a Dança Contemporânea e a Performance em museus e suas potencialidades na transformação social e institucional

    The article delves into the integration of Contemporary Dance and Performance within Western museum settings. It explores the complexities and challenges associated with curating dance pieces in museums, emphasising the collaborative nature of their production and technical requirements. Artists like Amanda Piña are highlighted for their awareness of the decolonial trend in art museums, while also cautioning against the potential appropriation of this concept by institutions. The importance of adopting a sociomuseological approach is underscored to prevent the perpetuation of colonial power dynamics within museum spaces. Furthermore, the article discusses

    Biografia e Proximidade: Livros de Artista no Projeto “Entre Vizinhos” do Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

    The article discusses the “Entre Vizinhos” project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, focusing on sociomuseology and its exploration of museums beyond traditional collection stewardship. It highlights the shift towards care and interdependence within communities, emphasising the importance of museums in contributing to social well-being. The project aimed to attract a diverse audience by engaging with local residents who shared the same postal code as the Tate Modern, promoting inclusivity and community involvement. Participants in the project created artist books that reflected personal stories and experiences, showcasing the power of art

    Looking into Kiluanji Kia Henda and Bruno Moraes Cabral ‘Terra (In)Submissa’: poetical narratives as political means

    This article delves into the analysis of the film “Terra (In)Submissa,” which explores the concept of vanishing freedom through the lens of the Portuguese language. It examines the use of mugshots and archival materials to portray resistance against dictatorship and underscores the significance of symbolic justice in addressing human rights violations. Moving on to sociomuseology and art galleries, the text scrutinises the relationship between African and Portuguese art in museums, criticising galleries for shaping the art market and museum narratives. It stresses the importance of comprehending local contexts in museum

    Cinemuseological imagination: a participatory film format

    The article discusses the role of participation at the Historical Museum Frankfurt (HMF) and its impact on diverse contributors, emphasising the museum’s approach to activism through curated participation. The Stadtlabor Film Project is highlighted as a collaborative initiative where participants engage in creative roles supported by the museum, focusing on themes such as society, economy, and ecology. The project aims to integrate these films into the museum’s permanent exhibition, showcasing contemporary topics and fostering dialogue. The article underscores the importance of museums as platforms for advocacy and empowerment, amplifying diverse

    Beyond Words: Labels and the Power of Shaping of Narratives

    The article delves into the transformative role of labels in art exhibitions, highlighting their evolution from simple classification tools to integral components of artworks. Fred Wilson’s groundbreaking interventions challenged conventional museum practices by emphasising diverse narratives and the importance of transparency in storytelling. The Dresden State Art Collections’ initiative to modify titles to address content issues reflects a commitment to accuracy and cultural sensitivity in the presentation of art. By exploring the power of labels to shape narratives, promote inclusivity, and deepen understanding of cultural artefacts within institutional contexts, the

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