What disappears

Just back from a workshop at the museum Kulturen in Lund. The theme was new takes on cultural heritage, memories and representation. Three different projects, all dealing with the ephemeral aspects of culture and environment, were presented.

Archaeologist Anders Högberg presented the problematic conctructions of memory connected to the demolished premises of two stigmatized Swedish industries (Lomma eternit and BT kemi). Helen Stalin Åkesson showed how she had been working with some thought provoking methods to unveil different sides of the urban, and some industrial sites. I made a short presentation of the project Förbisett (≈ Overlooked) run by me and Niklas Ingmarsson, together with photographer Martin Magntorn.

By | 2010-02-16T15:48:39+00:00 February 16th, 2010|stories|2 Comments


  1. Tomas February 18, 2010 at 15:03

    Interesting, it would have been great to be there. There is such an interest today in the ephemeral aspects of heritage. My own take on this was expressed in the presentation “Att skriva på staden hud – om kulturarvet från igår natt” (Writing on the skin of the city – about last night’s cultural heritage)where I brought forward the markings, signs and traces that tell stories of how urban spaces and cities are taken into use – and that are slowly or quickly disappearing, leaving half readable texts and images behind. (Historiska muséet, Stockholm 28 okt 2009 – a histioric event in the sense that for the first time The Swedish National Heritage Board officially formulated ideas concerning graffiti as a cultural heritage)
    Some of my ideas are presented here:
    (sooner or later also in English)

  2. robertwillim February 18, 2010 at 19:06

    Thanks for the comment Tomas. The ephemeral aspects of cultural heritage is interesting.A couple of years ago I wrote a short article together with Niklas Ingmarsson that deals with these issues. “Försvinnandet som attraktion” (The Disappearance as Attraction) in Samtid & Museer (in Swedish).Here’s a pdf, you’ll find the article on page 18.

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