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Presenting the Creative Force of Camille Henrot’s ‘The Pale Fox’ (20 September – 20 December 2014, Bétonsalon, Paris)

The MeLa Project is supporting the promotion of the first large-scale solo exhibition by French, New York-based artist, Camille Henrot in Paris, commissioned and organised by Bétonsalon – Center for art and research.

The Pale Fox’ is an immersive environment building on Henrot’s previous project ‘Grosse Fatigue’ (2013) – a film awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennial. While ‘Grosse Fatigue’ attempted to tell the story of the universe in thirteen minutes, ‘The Pale Fox’ is a meditation on our shared desire to understand the world intimately through the objects that surround us. As Camille Henrot explains: “The main focus of ‘The Pale Fox’ is obsessive curiosity, the irrepressible desire to affect things, to achieve goals, to perform actions, and the inevitable consequences”.

More than 400 photographs, sculptures, books and drawings – mostly bought on eBay or borrowed from museums, others found or produced by the artist – are displayed on a series of shelves designed by Camille Henrot in the environment conceived for the exhibition. They populate a space that is both physical and mental, conveying an almost domestic atmosphere: it could be a bedroom, a room that one could inhabit. Each of the four walls of this space is associated with a natural element, a cardinal point, a stage of life and one of Leibniz’s philosophical principles. Opening with ‘the principle of being’ (where everything starts: birth and childhood), the installation progresses with ‘the law of continuity’ (where everything develops: growth and teenage-hood), before touching on ‘the principle of sufficient reason’ (where limitations arise: adulthood), and concluding with the ‘principle of the identity of the indiscernibles’ (where things decline and disappear: old age). » Read more

Introducing the ‘After Schengen’ Photo Series

The “After Schengen” photo series is about photographing some of the old border crossing points that still exist, abandoned and out of order, in some states of European Union.

Border crossings have a function of geographical boundaries, but also a coercitive role, since they prevent the free passage of people between one and another state. So, they are places that, along with a cartographic dimension, are provided with historical, economic and political reminiscences, aspects absolutely related to Landscape from a contemporary and transversal perspective.

These places that previously the Schengen treaty, delimited territories and in which the traveler had to stop and show his documents, currently appear as abandoned places, located in a space-time limbo, out of use and out of the time for which they were designed, as these states have opened their borders to the free movement of people and goods. » Read more

“Parole per accogliere. Parole da cogliere”: Experiencing Words, Inclusion and Exclusion at MUST – Museo del Territorio Vimercatese

From the 15th to the 29th of June 2014, the MUST-Museo del Territorio Vimercatese featured “Parole per accogliere. Parole da cogliere” (Words to receive. Words to be received). The exhibition was designed and realised by the COI-Centro Orientamento Immigrati–a local migrants’ support centre—with the contribution of the museum.
Located in Vimercate—a town in the metropolitan area of Milan—the MUST is a civic museum on the history and identity of the Vimercate area, from the most ancient civilisations to contemporary society. New immigrant flows to the Vimercate area over the past decades and resulting local cultural diversity are not reflected in the collection of the museum, nor in its permanent exhibition. Therefore, the MUST has decided to address these topics through services, events and special projects, with the aim of rethinking itself as an inclusive place for intercultural encounters and exchanges. In 2013, the museum launched “Tutto il mondo in un museo” (All the world in one museum), which was organised in partnership with the COI-Centro Orientamento Immigrati. Since it is a well-known local charity active in providing support and courses of Italian to immigrants, the COI was considered by the MUST a fundamental partner to representing and addressing cultural diversity in the museum. » Read more

MeLa Experimental Action at Museo Diocesano in Milan: Critical Observations from the Second Test of the App Aimed at Rethinking Religion Representation (12 June 2014, Milano)

Through the cooperative effort of the involved researchers from the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano and ITIA CNR, the MeLa Project is promoting an Experimental Action in the context of the Museo Diocesano Milano, where an innovative app is being developed in order to rethink religion representation in museums.

On 12th June, the researchers organised the 2nd test of the app, which was conducted through the involvement of 15 people with various religious backgrounds. Through the use of the app, they were guided through an alternative fruition and experience of one of the artworks pertaining to the museum collection, a catholic painting representing a miracle about Eucharist. » Read more

‘Ceci n’est pas la mer à boire – La mer imaginée par les élèves de l’Ecole Italie’ (Dudelange Gare Usines, 26 June 2014)

The travelling exhibition “The Memory of the Sea”, that is currently on display at the Centre de Recherche sur les Migrations Humaines (CDMH) in Dudelange (7 May – 27 July 2014), is being complemented by a series of cultural events. Among these, the students of the local primary school, École Italie, have developed a project aimed at exploring in the related topics through a special glimpse on the problems of recycle and reuse.

The exhibition of the outcomes of this experience will be inaugurated on 26 June, and will be on display from 27 June at 11 July at the Dudelange Gare Usines.


Broadening the Experiences and the Reflections on ‘The Memory of the Sea’

The exhibition «La Mémoire de la Mer. Objets Migrants en Méditerranée», was inaugurated at the Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines in  Dudelange, Luxembourg, on 8 May. Through the photos by Alessandro Brasile and Mattia Insolera, and videos by Fitour Belhiba and Kami Fares/Giulia Ardizzone, the exhibition presents the experience of the Sea Memory Museum in Zarzis (Tunisia). The exhibition was first presented at the Museum of Ethnography and Prehistory Luigi Pigorini in Rome (December 2012), then at the Galata Museum in Genoa (February 2013), at the GAMeC in Bergamo (July 2013) Every step of this journey was an occasion to add new layers, diverse interpretations, different points of view: that is why it was important, for MeLa*, to have the exhibition travel and let it communicate as much as possible. » Read more

GRAMNET Workshop on ‘Migration and Intimate Life’ (University of Glasgow, 18 June 2014)

The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Research Network (GRAMNET) is pleased to announce its first interdisciplinary one-day workshop (full program and abstracts). The workshop will explore the formation and transformation of intimacy, family and social networks in the context of transnational migration, and will take place at the University of Glasgow on 18 June 2014. Attendance is open to academic and non-academic researchers, as well as practitioners and volunteers from the voluntary and public sectors. The initiative is funded by the University of Glasgow’s New Initiatives Fund and Robertson Bequest. The workshop is organised by Dr Francesca Stella   and  Dr Marta Moskal.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Tracey Reynolds (London South Bank University), Dr Naomi Tyrell (University of Plymouth), Dr Caleb Johnston (University of Edinburgh), Professor Alison Phipps (GRAMNet, University of Glasgow). MeLa WP3 Leader Dr Perla Innocenti will present ‘Migrating heritage: how cultural institutions are showcasing the intimate lives of migrants’, showcasing some aspects of the MeLa research on cultural networks.

The workshop will explore the formation and transformation of intimacy in the context of transnational and internal migration; topics explored include (but are not limited to) same-sex and heterosexual coupledom; single migrants; relationship breakdown and divorce; child-parent relations; forms of parenthood and childcare (including fostering and adoption); diverse childhoods, intergenerational ties, aging families; social networks, friendships and personal communities.

The event will include contributions from external speakers, GRAMNet researchers, and partner organizations and practitioners associated with GRAMNet. The workshop is intended to showcase work by doctoral and early career researchers within GRAMNet, and there will be an emphasis on knowledge exchange and collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners working with specific migrant groups. » Read more

‘Transfigurations’: The Forthcoming MeLa RF04 Exhibition to Reflect on Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations (20-26 June 2014, MACBA, Barcelona)

Within the framework of MeLa Research Field 04, the fieldwork developed by the Royal College of Art into curatorial and artistic research will culminate in the exhibition Transfigurations: Curatorial and artistic research in an age of migrations.

How are globalisation, digital media and changing patterns of migration affecting our understanding and experience of the contemporary work of art, and how are contemporary artists engaging with curators to think about the condition of the contemporary through their work, its display and collection? How are curators working with new forms of artistic production, particularly ‘immaterial’ works of art, that fall outside conventional forms of display, collection and archive?

This research exhibition brings together a rich group of international artists and curators:

• MACBA in Barcelona with curator Bartomeu Marí and artist Lawrence Abu-Hamdan
• Bétonsalon in Paris with curator Mélanie Bouteloup and artist Camille Henrot
• Whitechapel Gallery in London with curator Sofia Victorino and artist Kader Attia
• Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam with curators Jelle Bouwhuis / Kerstin Winking and artist Quinsy Gario
• Royal College of Art in London with Paul Goodwin and artist Leo Asemota

In particular, the research exhibition reflects on the challenges and opportunities of curatorial and artistic research in the 21st century, and the rise of new forms of practice such as performance, sound, and video which are both expanding the range of artists’ interests and challenging conventional ideas of the ‘art object’ in museums and galleries. Following what has been described as ‘the curatorial turn’ and ‘the educational turn’ the exhibition considers how complex the interface is between issues of representation, globalisation, collection and object, curating, programming, audiences, and technology.
The exhibition will take place at MACBA – Capella, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (Plaça dels Àngels 1, Barcelona 08001, Spain).

After the opening, on Thursday 19 June, 7.30-10pm, the exhibition will be on display from 20 to 26 June. Admission is free. Opening times: Weekdays: 11 am to 7.30 pm; Tuesday closed; Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm / Sunday 10 am to 3pm.

University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies to Display ’100 Stories of Migration’ (24 June 2014 – 13 February 2015)

The University of Leicester is soon to be inaugurating the exhibition “100 Stories of Migration”, that will be displayed from 24 June 2014 to 13 February 2015 at the Museum Studies Building (19 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RF, United Kingdom). The initiative is the result of a partnership between the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies and the Migration Museum Project, which was conceived to create the UK’s first dedicated Migration Museum and to tell the story of movement into and out of the UK in an engaging way.

The exhibition grew out of a photography competition led by the Migration Museum Project with The Guardian newspaper, which invited both professional and amateur photographers to send images presenting individual stories of migration across different times and from different places and perspectives.  » Read more

IFLA Satellite Meeting ‘Theory and Research on the Convergence of Professional Identity in Cultural Heritage Institutions (Libraries, Museums, and Archives) Beyond Technology’

The Satellite Meeting organized by IFLA’s Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section on

“Theory and research on the convergence of professional identity in cultural heritage institutions (Libraries, Museums, and Archives) beyond technology

will be held August 13th and 14th in Turin, Italy before the annual IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Lyon. The Meeting is organized with support of ALISE, EUCLID, Città di Torino, Biblioteche civiche Torino. The registration is open until July 10, 2014. Program and

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