Conference Adeline Rispal – HEAD Geneva February 16th at 17h30 ” Scenography of our needs”

During a scenography workshop at HEAD – Geneva, organized by Victor Durschei from February 16th to 20th, Adeline Rispal will give a conference “Scenography of our needs”.




Scenographers Symposium – Oct. 31, 2014

The Scenographers Symposium focussing on the topic “One Object – Many Visions – EuroVision“ will be held as a prelude to the Young Scenographers Contest. It will take place the 31st of October 2014 at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany.

The symposium will serve as a discussion platform and source for inspiration. The EMEE partners will introduce the topic and the aim of the contest and internationally renowed speakers from different creative disciplines will be invited to contribute and to exchange ideas of contemporary, holistic exhibition design and scenography. The symposium language will be English.

Please register for the symposium by completing the registration form online no later than 30th of September 2014. There is also the possibility of group registrations for university students or interdisciplinary teams. The online registration forms will be online by 1st of September. Since there is only a limited amount of places please understand that places will be awarded in the order in which registrations are received.

Please find more detailed information about the event starting 15th of September 2014.

Young Scenographers Contest

EuroVision – Museums Exhibiting Europe

The Young Scenographers Contest is part of the project EMEE – EuroVision: Museums Exhibiting Europe. EMEE is a European museum development project for national and regional museums. It is being realised between 2012 and 2016 and funded by the Culture Programme of the European Commission. The project explores an innovative, interdisciplinary approach for museums to reinterpret their objects in the broader context of European history. New means of presentation, participation and staging aim at enabling visitors to gain access to transnational objects and European perspectives. An international and trans-disciplinary team consisting of scientists, museum experts, cultural workers and designers is working towards this objective. The Young Scenographers Contest as part of the EMEE project wants to involve also young and ambitious designers and let them contribute with their creative, innovative ideas.

EMEE Coordinator:
Chair of History Didactics, University of Augsburg, Germany

EMEE Project Partners:
ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria
University Paris-Est Créteil – ESPE, Paris, France
University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon, Portugal
National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Monochrom Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria

Soft power and emerging museology

Text: Serge Renimel

Resplandor y Soledad de Cai Guo Qiang
Resplandor y Soledad de Cai Guo Qiang. Photo : Carlos Alcocer by-nc-nd –

How long further the new lords of the world will need our talents?

Since the end of the past century, museum professionnals witness, and sometimes take an active part in a kind of ‘museological conquest of Asia’ which is unambiguously moved by our cultural imperialism. Since a half millenium, the world conquest by the four major imperial powers of Europe launched and consolidated globalization, and financed their golden ages. Today the faithfully cloned historical pattern of trading and cultural colonization of the mid- and far-eastern areas stays, although on a much more symbolic scale.

Presently, european expeditions no longer roam the Indian Ocean onboard of kraekships or of galions, as their modest avatars ‘don’t rock the boat’: nowadays, they fly in business class and enjoy substancial fees, but they are still focusing mainly on the same continental areas. In the field of exhibitions and museums, the occidental governments or big institutions delegate museum professionals as diplomatic agents, mainly to facilitate the globalization of our cultural stereotypes. From China and the East Indies, up to the Arabian Gulf, many european freelance adventurers are hunting business profits as a first priority. They attempt to negociate deals for art exhibitions which were initially produced for a very restricted fraction of european and north american audiences, but whose financial balance on their domestic markets is increasingly risky now. Continue reading

These objects which connect us to the others

Text: Adeline Rispal

IMAGE : Caida visualization tools
IMAGE : Caida visualization tools

When I wrote this paper late 2010 for the ICMAH conference in Shanghai “Original – Copy – Fake / On the significance of the object in history and archaeology museums”, headed by the historian and curator Marie-Paule Jungblut, we where working on a competition for the Musée-Cité of Economy and Currency for the Bank of France in Paris. In this project, as in any other, what we where attempting to highlight in the museum spaces was the complexity of human mechanics. It was the opportunity to think about the notions of value and exchange.
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