september, 2015

22sep11:30- 13:15Panel 2. Cultural heritage. Theory and praxisAccessing the Intangible11:30 - 13:15 Dobra 56/66, 00-312 WarszawaBiblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie

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Runnel Pille, research director, Estonian National Museum, Rethinking Audiovisual Collecting at the Estonian National Museum.

The Estonian National Museum has applied film and video for ethnographic fieldwork and documentation of Finno-Ugric peoples and daily life as well as cultural history of Estonia since 1950’s. The film and video collections of the museum were produced in the disciplinary context of ethnographic research and the footage is closely linked to artefacts, fieldwork diaries and photography, collected at the same fieldwork trips. The given disciplinary context and until recently also the limited access to the AV-materials meant that this collection primarily served the expert users, such as researchers, filmmakers and TV-journalists only. In the contemporary museum the ways of relating to its audiences, but also its priorities of collecting are changing. This presentation discusses the possibilities of rethinking and developing the audiovisual documentation in the framework of contemporary museology. What are the current challenges and aims of AV-documenting at the Estonian National Museum? What kind of AV-collections strategy is needed to represent shifting understandings and potential uses of documentary AV collections? What role could audience engagement and participatory collecting play in the AV-collections strategy and is collaboration with the audiences the way to ensure diversity of the collections?


Danilewicz Anna, Centrum im. Ludwika Zamenhofa, MEDIATEKA CLZ – Social Project and Audio-Visual Chronicle of the City.

The subject of the presentation will be MediatekaCLZ – the largest, audio – visual repository of oral history in north – eastern Poland. Over the four years of the project (2010 – 2015 ) nearly 200 hours of audio and video were recorded, several thousand photographs and documents were digitized all are made available free of charge (at the headquarter of CLZ, and on Based on these resources, CLZ produced series of publications, exhibitions , debates and city game. MediatekaCLZ is also a substantive resource of educational workshops, promoting awareness about multiculturalism and the history of the city and the region. Topics of the recording cycles in MediatekaCLZ reflect the institution’s main areas of interest: multiculturalism, building attitudes of local patriotism, promotion of the cultural values of the city and the region. The first, most important collection is the series “The Oldest Inhabitants of Białystok”, connecting the most important threads of all thematic paths, illustrating also the founding idea of MediatekaCLZ – the need of saving history that disappears along with leaving their only witnesses. Equally important is the documentation of contemporary phenomena, including exploration of local micro – societies (like “Lowlanders” – about Białystok football team, or “Białystok Aero – club”). All cycles are open, and still enriched by new recordings. The developed methodology and advanced technical facilities allow to transform MediatekaCLZ gradually in audio – visual chronicle of the city, according to the founding intention to create a collection, which – reflecting diversity, cultural, religious, ethnic and historical ambiguity of the city and the region – would allow for individual and collective search for identity of the location and its residents. The aims is to present MediatekaCLZ: its mission and objectives, resources and methodologies for the production and popularisation. Will be discussed benefits and potential risks arising from the functioning of the oral history archive in the social space. The exemplary project will be Bojary Project – about one of the oldest, most interesting architecturally and culturally districts of Białystok. Will be presented various models of interaction, impact on the social and cultural environment, combating “ageism”, exploit the educational potential of oral history. Bojary Project will be presented as universal, verified in practice model of participatory action and example of public – social partnership. LINK:


Sørensen Tonje Haugland, University of Bergen, A Place of Worship Turned Museum – Reflections of Hagia Sophia’s Intangible Heritage.

In 1935 the first Turkish president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, converted the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum. Hereafter the building, which had seen nearly 1400 years use as a place of worship (A church from 573-1453, a mosque from 1453-1931), would be defined as a strictly secular edifice. In recent decades criticism, both scholarly and religious, has increasingly claimed that the building in its museum state is no more than an empty shell, as its present day museum-status and current political circumstances do not allow religious use of any kind. It is preserved as architecture only, and is accused of lacking the multi-sensory and corporeal experience which defined it as a place of worship and ritual. In short, the tangible building might be preserved, but its intangible aspects are not. This paper will consider how these intangible aspects of its heritage can be made more accessible, and will focus particularly on the use of multimedia and film, such as Bissera Pentcheva’s Icons of Sound (Stanford, 2011).


(Tuesday) 11:30 - 13:15


Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie / University of Warsaw Library

Dobra 56/66, 00-312 Warszawa

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