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Burning Field

Time: 11/2/2014 at 5:00 PM 
Location: Vitlycke museum, Tanumshede

Open to the public

An event sponsored by CHS and Vitlyckes museum Tanumshede. Artists, students and alumni connected to AkademiValand were asked to develop works with fire. Sculpture incorporating text works and video will be burned in a live performance after dark on Sunday November 2. Participants: Karl Bergström Gabo Camnitzer Leslie Johnson Jeff Olsson Peter Ojstersek

Collections and society/Samlingarna och samhället (seminar in Swedish)

Theme day. Time: 9/17/2014 at 9:30 AM 
Location: Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla

Samlingarna och samhället: forskningsperspektiv och nya strategier

Lecturer: Hans Kindgren (Bohusläns museum), Kristian Kristiansen (GU), Astrid von Rosen (GU), Mats Malm (GU), Christer Ahlberger (GU), Jonathan Westin (GU), Fredrik Svanberg (RAÄ), Jonna Ulin (Mölndals museum), Qaisar Mahmood (RAÄ)


Heritage Academy in Åmål: Invitation

MEETING/SEMINAR (in Swedish) Åmål, March 25, 2014

A meeting about cultural heritage as a driving force for societal changes, changes in life patterns and conditions. Invitation with further information here

Archaeology, Art and City Planning

NEARCH WORKSHOP, 3/27/2014 at 2:00 PM till 3/28/2014 at 1:00 PM, Studio Västsvensk Konservering (SVK) Studio Västsvensk Konservering. Visiting address House B2 Gamlestadsv 2-4. Tram: 7, 9, 11 or 4, Stop: Gamlestadstorget

Welcome to a workshop on archaeology, art, city planning, performance, participation.

The University of Gothenburg and NEARCH invites you to two half-days in Gamlestaden, Gothenburg March 27-28. NEARCH is an interdisciplinary EU project started in 2013, where Gothenburg as one of the partners focuses on the intersection of art, archaeology, city planning and public work. At this seminar we discuss ongoing projects in Gothenburg, Tessaloniki and Saint Denis and visit the ongoing excavation in Gamlestaden, the biggest ever in Gothenburg.

To register email Anita Synnestvedt

The Burning Field Project

The BURNING FIELD project, November 1th 2014, was part of the ongoing Vitlycke museum research to make our past history visible. During the Bronze Age fire was important--for cooking, heating, and forging instruments of such high quality that further research is required for us to understand their methods. The bonfire is a still a part of the Nordic ritual celebration of different times of the solstice.

Vitlycke Museum thus ended their 2014 season with a festival to highlight our relationship to fire, light and our past. Drum music, viewing of rock carvings by firelight and for the first time, burning sculpture reminded the public of our link to the Bronze Age culture. Sculptures were produced by Peter Ojstersek, Leslie Johnson, Gabo Camnitzer & Jeff Olsson, and Karl Bergström. A reference for this event is the Burning Man Festival, a celebration of self-expression community and art, held in the California desert annually.

Karl Bergström
This sculpture was based on the form of the pyramid. Fired consumed the 5 meter high pyramid structure, from below.

Gabo Camnitzer & Jeff Olsson
A double decker campfire burning simultaneously--this simple iconic form for community meeting and cooking alludes to the modern life in multi-level apartment buildings.

Leslie Johnson
A looped projection of IKEA kitchen units, ready for purchase, is projected on a wooden billboard. The kitchen, veneer cabinets, flashy tile and utensils, thus burns as does the text below "Dröm Köket" reminding us that the fire was the essential element.

Peter Ojstersek
An iconic 5 meter l hand, with palm facing the public, burns slowly against the night sky. As a symbol the hand has significance in a multitude of world religions and we are reminded of the hand as a common symbol.

This project was co-financed by CHS, Heritage Academy.

Video (2:07)
Eldfest i Vitlycke museum / Firefeast at Vitlycke museum

Communicating archaeology to the public - a NEARCH workshop

The NEARCH project, funded by the European Commission for 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture program, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries. NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating. The University of Gothenburg is one of the partners in the project and this workshop is the second of four to be arranged in Gothenburg dedicated to issues raised within NEARCH.

Please enjoy the individual presentations in the clips below. All material in English

Speakers in order

  • Ann-Louise Schallin (Museum of Antiquity)
  • Anita Synnestvedt (CHS, University of Gothenburg)
  • Christina Toreld (Västarvet)
  • Andreas Antelid (Ale kommun)
  • Tim Schadla Hall (University College London, UCL)
  • Tomas Carlsson, (Fabula Storytelling)
  • Marcus Lundstedt & Christopher Eliasson (Freelance photographers).
  • Petra Borell (Communication officer, Västarvet)

Communication is a key word if you want to share knowledge, research and new discoveries. But how we communicate is also a key question. We might for example write a report, do a guided tour, design an information sign or open up a Facebook site or use a lot of other ways of communicating. The presentations in this video gallery are all connected to the term communication and might be of interest to whoever is interested learning about heritage, communication, archeology and telling stories.

Speakers at the NEARCH workshop

Video (22:40)
Nya Lödöse, Christina Toreld
Video (12:18)
Nearch projects, Anita Synnestvedt
Video (7:39)
The museum of Antiquities - a short presentation of the venue of the workshop, Ann-Louise Schallin
Video (27:40)
Whos history, Andreas Antelid
Video (48:28)
Economy, Stupid. Ways of looking at Public Archaeology and defining it, Tim Shadla Hall
Video (1:09:02)
Aha - Now I See It in Front of Me, Tomas Carlsson (Fabula Storytelling)

Samlingarna & Samhället: forskningsperspektiv och nya strategier Collections & Society

Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla, 17 september 2014

Full day symposium on the role of museums and museum collections today.

Please enjoy the individual presentations in th clips below. All material in Swedish

Speakers in order

  • Kristian Kristiansen, CHS Göteborgs universitet
  • Jette Sandahl, F.d chef för Statens museer för Världskultur och Köpenhamns museum
  • Astrid von Rosen, CHS Göteborgs universitet
  • Mats Malm, CHS Göteborgs universitet
  • Christer Ahlberger, CHS Göteborgs universitet
  • Fredrik Svanberg, Forskningschef vid Statens historiska museer 
  • Jonna Ulin, chef för Mölndals Stadsmuseum & Birgitta Martinius, Mölndals Stadsmuseum
  • Qaisar Mahmood, avdelningschef, Riksantikvarieämbetet

Samhällsförändringarna utmanar museernas roller. De måste bli mer innovativa och producera mer. De ska bidra till bildningen i det mångkulturella samhället, vara magneter för turism och motorer för tillväxt och fungera både som mötesplatser för människor med olika kulturarv i en snabbt skiftande omvärld, men också som platser för konsumtion. Och – de ska bevara sin kärna som är att förvalta och utöka samlingar och arkiv och göra utställningar som grundas på vetenskaplig kunskap. Men vilken är egentligen samlingarnas potential i vår tid? Vad är det vi inte gör med samlingarna?

Speakers at Samlingar & Samhälle

Video (44:17)
Fredrik Svanberg - Samlingar på nätet. Några exempel och några problem.
Video (14:34)
Mats Malm - Staging the Archives del 2
Video (22:52)
Kristian Kristiansen - Mod en ny arkæologi? Trender och traumer i arkælogisk tænkning
Video (16:23)
Christer Ahlberger - Staging the Archives del 3
Video (19:41)
Astrid von Rosen - Staging the Archives del 1
Video (16:24)
Jette Sandahl - Samlingarna och samtiden