Planetary Patchwork
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Planetary Reading Group
One Year Anniversary Session
Lénia Marques (Rotterdam) & Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia (Aveiro)
Transforming Places Through Street Art: Bordalo II and the City
Esper Postma (Berlin/Deventer)
GAGAPALIZI: A New Museum for Florence
Sasha Huber (Helsinki)
“Demounting Louis Agassiz” Artistic Renegotiation of Archive, Memory & Place
Sasha Shestakova (Bochum)
Decolonizing Soviet Art History
Aziza Chaouni (Fez/Toronto)
Sidi Harazem: Co-Designing Heritage Preservation in a Modern Oasis
Cristiana Strava (Amsterdam)
At Home with Colonial Materialities: Snapshots of Heritage-Making and Unmaking on Casablanca’s Margins
Kateryna Kublytska (Kharkiv/London)
Destruction of Immovable Cultural Heritage During the War of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine
Ece Canlı (Porto)
Beneath the Thick Skin, Behind the Brick Wall
Robert Glas (Rotterdam)
On the film-installation '1986 Or A Sphinx's Interior'
Łukasz Stanek (Manchester)
Socialist Worldmaking
Dawit Benti (Addis Ababa)
Challenges of Urban Heritage Conservation during State-Led Gentrification of Addis Ababa's City Centre
Taputukura Raea (Wellington) & Digital Pasifik
Re-Claiming Pacific History - Making Pacific Cultural Heritage Visible and Accessible
Laura Ammann (Berlin)
The Appeal of the Colonial Baroque to the Brazilian Modernists
Paul Basu (Bonn/London) & Ozioma Onuzulike (Nsukka) & Ikenna Onwuegbuna (Nsukka)
[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times
Between Zones of Conflict and the Realm of Dreams: Planetary Perspectives on Film and Filmmaking
Workshop I
Mykola Ridnyi (Kyiv)
Mariana Martínez-Bonilla (Mexico-City)
Yashaswini Raghunandan (Bangalore)
Chihab El Khachab (Oxford)
Christian Thiam (Dakar)
Roundtable: Fide Dayo (Rome) & Norma Gregory (Nottingham)
Alyssa K. Barry (Dakar)
Navigating the Digital Spaces
Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala (Windhoek) & Tuuda Haitula (Windhoek) & Museums Association of Namibia
Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights – A Case Study
Njabulo Chipangura (Manchester)
Community Museums in Zimbabwe as an Alternative Form of Representing Living Cultures
Annalisa Bolin (Kalmar) and David Nkusi (Kigali)
Decolonizing Heritage Management in Rwanda: Community Engagement and Homegrown Solutions
Chantal Umuhoza (Kigali)
Decolonizing Conservation Practices in Rwanda Museums
Alessandra Ferrini (London)
Unruly Connections
Hiba Shalabi (Tripoli) with translation by Malak Altaeb (Tripoli/Paris)
Banji Chona (Rome)
Ngoma zya Budima: Exploring Grief and Death, Celebrating Life and Love, Batonga Drum Story
Victoria Phiri (Lusaka), Samba Yonga (Lusaka) & Mulenga Kapwepwe (Lusaka) & the Women’s History Museum Zambia
Decolonization of Cultural Objects in the Process of Restitution and Repatriation. The Case of Zambian Cultural Objects in Swedish Museums
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Planetary Patchwork

A Perpetual Seminar on Artistic Practices, Heritage, and Epistemologies

Conceived as an online platform for plurivocal and multiperspectival dialogue, the perpetual seminar hosts meetings/discussions/presentations/screenings/readings which seek to highlight patches of planetary entanglements (Tsing and Mbembe) and experiment with meeting digitally. The seminar aims at exploring the meanings and politics of the planetary in artistic practices, critical heritage studies and epistemologies. Using the metaphor of the patchwork to build/stitch networks between seemingly distant case studies and stories from around the globe, the seminar seeks to blur and overcome academic, national and continental boundaries and divides between the arts and academia.

Stressing the sociality of academic/artistic work to form ideas of care & study, the seminar will bring together diverse fields such as art history, contemporary art, and architecture, archaeology, critical heritage studies, museum studies, ecology, history, linguistics, literature, politics, philosophy & more. The seminar will take shape as a patchwork: an open-ended assemblage without predefined topic to find overlaps, linkages and seams between the patches of knowledge.

These include case studies of connectivity and resistance, the visual and material culture of colonialism, legacies of diverse colonial empires and coloniality, decolonization, restitution and repair, issues of accessibility, preservation, and conservation, engaging communities in museum spaces and other modes of display, and “new relational ethics” (Sarr/Savoy), architecture and the built environment, narratives and counter-narratives, and issues of memory, intersections between cultural and natural heritage, and human and-more-than-human relations.

The seminar aims at strengthening and building networks, while acknowledging the patchiness of the world. It will encourage associative thinking, knowledge in motion, and horizontal knowledge production triggering imagination and story-telling.

In a time of increasing shifts of encounters towards the digital realm, the seminar will interrogate old paradigms by critically re-thinking the past, present, and possible futures of meeting digitally. It will critically explore the meanings of digital dialogue and world assemblies, while at the same time putting them into practice and asking: how do we meet digitally as planetary agents? It tries to be not just another seminar, but rather acknowledge the land patches that are affected by us meeting digitally as well and therefore critically reflect on and demonstrate the radical consequences that a practical implementation of the paradigm shift towards a planetary perspective/thinking could bring. The seminar tries to find answers to the question of how our increasingly networked world brings violence but also opens up possibilities for new spaces of sharing/study/care. It approaches knowledge production and the digital with a P2P ethic.


Evi Olde Rikkert, artist/designer (Nijmegen/Florence)

Nicole Remus, artist/curator/architect (Jinja)

Vera-Simone Schulz, art historian (Florence)

Web design & development: Tayeb Bayri (Paris)

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