Exploring alternative ways of shaping future legacies and assembling common worlds across different fields of conservation practice
How is the uncertainty of the deep future conceived of and managed in different fields of conservation practice? ...
What values are associated with heritage structures and landscapes that are allowed to undergo transformation and change?...
How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?...
Is it Doomsday yet? We need to talk about eternity
This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1
Bureaucracy / Data
‘I can’t tell you how many objects we manage, but I can tell you the number of records’. This statement illustrates how closely heritage is connected with, perhaps even defined by, data-driven, bureaucratic processes
Forever is a luxury brand evoking quality. What do these kinds of branding do? What kinds of practices do they engender? How do they draw on pasts? Do they draw on different pasts?
Scale (space and time)
In this project, we have encountered (expanded-)heritage situations on a wide range of scales.
Heritage futures in Interstellar
Christopher Nolan’s movie Interstellar (2014) describes a bold scenario for the future of planet Earth, but Heritage looks the same as ever.
While conducting interviews for the Transformation theme, we have come across a number of instances where people discuss a particular issue that can be both positive and negative.
The search for ‘improved’ yield and resilience in crop varieties has resulted in increased homogeneity ...
Bennett, T., Cameron, F., Dias, N., Dibley, B., Harrison, R., Jacknis, I., McCarthy, C. (2017). Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government. Duke University Press, Durham and London
What does Doomsday look like?
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is sometimes called the “Doomsday Vault.” Evocation of an apocalypse – red deserts, rats and roaches – is built into that term. But is that how we should really conceive of it?
#Profusion theme Creative Fellow @shelleycastle1 will be exploring object stories at the Agatha Christie Festival https://t.co/Niw56YWMIa
Salvation / Sacrifice
If heritage is defined by those objects, places and practices it is charged with “saving”, we rarely pause to consider its opposite effects: the ways in which it also involves forms of sacrifice.