Newcastle Upon Tyne, University of Newcastle, Old Library, 20th April 2012
MeLa official 2nd Brainstorming, organized by RF 01: Museums and Identity in History and Contemporaneity.
The Brainstorming has mainly focused on issues of migration (intended both as an event and as a process), of identity (connected to place, belonging/un-belonging, assimilation/inclusion/exclusion etc.), of place (intended as the physical locus of identity formation and as museums’ field of work, inspiring source, necessary condition, as well as scope).
The RF2 contributions (UNO – Alessandra De Angelis, Mariangela Orabona), in terms of questions and debate, concerned the way museums could be (re-) thought according to a theory of “fluxes” ¬– museums as “space of fluxes”, rather than “place of places”, considering the relation between margins and centres in terms of border-crossing and spaces of invention as well as power. Utilizing the productive power of border thinking to evoke heterogeneity, multiplication and fragmentation as a strategic articulation of global processes, the very language of the museum cab be reconsidered not in terms of “identity representation” (to negotiate, struggle for or even protect in order to offer “reparation”), but more in terms of “shared agency”. This can lead to a participation in open-ended processes that re-open and reinvent archives of memory and nationality (as a minimum). In this context, the issues of memory, “surviving” archives and disciplining devices can also be extended through an investigation through art.