Conference: “Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts”

17 January 2019 | MUDEC-Museo delle Culture, Milan
18 January 2019 | Politecnico di Milano, Milan


TRACES – Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production will conclude its three years research programme with a two-day event conference, “Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts.” The symposium is conceived to provide a critical overview on the main findings and results ensuing from the investigations and the Creative Co-productions developed within the project, as well as to foster the critical debate about the transmission of contentious heritages and the process of “Reflexive Europeanisation.” The meeting intends to promote an inter-disciplinary and forward-looking discussion aimed at opening new perspectives based on the Project outcomes.

The Final Event will culminate in the opening of TRACES final exhibition, “Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects”, curated by Suzana Milevska at the Politecnico di Milano.

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Thursday 17th – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | 1st day
MUDEC – Museo delle Culture, Conference Room, via Tortona 56, 20144 Milano

14.00 | Registration
14.30 | Conference Opening and Welcome:

Klaus Schönberg, TRACES Project Coordinator
Carolina Orsini, MUDEC Conservation Office

14.50–15.20 | Opening Lectures:

“Becoming Contentious: Difficult Cultural Heritages and Artistic Research,” Suzana Milevska
“Beyond Creative Co-Productions: What Can Be Learned from the TRACES CCP Model,” Tal Adler

15.30–16.40 | Lecture Performances:

“Arresting Decline: The Activities of CCP1 in Mediaș, Transylvania,” CCP1
“Awkward Objects of Genocide: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust,” CCP2
“Casting of Death: Challenging the Artist’s Role in Making Heritage Contentious,” CCP3

16.45–17.15 | Coffee break
17.15–18.00 | Lecture Performances:

“Disposal: Reflections on Human Remains as Hazardous Material,” CCP4
“Dispersed Presence Transforming Long Kesh/Maze,” CCP5

18.15–19.00 | Art&Research Panel “New Forms of Collaboration”: Francesca Lanz (moderator), Susannah Eckersley, Giulia Grechi, Maite Muñoz Iglesias

19.00 | Closing Remarks and cocktail


Friday 18th – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | 2nd day
POLIMI – Politecnico di Milano
School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Aula Rogers, via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano

13.30 | Registration
14.00–14.30 | Conference Opening and Welcome:

Ilaria Valente, Dean of AUIC School, Politecnico di Milano
Luca Basso Peressut, Deputy Director DAStU Department, Politecnico di Milano

14.30–15.00 | “Disturbing the Peace: Museums, Conflict and Activism for Social Justice,” Bernadette Lynch
15.00–15.30 | “Art, Anthropology, Contested Heritage: Ethnography and Art Practices,” Arnd Schneider
15.30–16.15 |

“Conflict Learning: Mediating Contentious Cultural Heritages, Conflict and the Unpredictable,” Nora Landkammer, Karin Schneider
“After the Project,” Julia Albrecht

16.15–16.30 | Coffee break
16.30–17.00 | “Milan Contentious Memories: Arts, the City and Political Engagement,” Luca Basso Peressut
17.00–17.45 |

“Towards a New Imagination of Europe? The Politics of Contentious Heritage in Institutional and Everyday Performances,” Marion Hamm
“On Co-Production,” Klaus Schönberger

17.45–18.15 | “Contentious Collections: Potentials and Challenges for Public Engagement,” Sharon Macdonald

18.30–19.15 | “Heritage and Nations: The Language of Art and the Language of Power,” Angela Vettese, and exhibition opening by the curator, Suzana Milevska


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Exhibition: “Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects”

18 January – 6 February 2019  | Galleria del Progetto, Politecnico di Milano, Milan

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> Documents:

Final Conference Programme (English)

Final Conference Programme (Italian)

TRACES Final Event – Posters

TRACES Final Event – A5 Postcard

TRACES Final Event – Book of Abstracts