The European Commission selected the NEARCH and SWICH projects, with 15 other European projects, to represent the “good practices” related to the management and valorisation of cultural heritage, during the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The NEARCH project (2013-2018, funded by the “Culture” 2007-2013 programme) is bringing archaeology into the 21st century through achieving a better understanding of people’s relationship with heritage and the past. The project’s aim is to study the various dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.
Ethnographic museums today must not only re-examine Europe’s colonial past, but also adapt to current notions of citizenship and belonging. To address this, the SWICH project (2014-2018, funded by the “Creative Europe” programme) has brought together institutions, researchers and the public to reimagine the stories that ethnographic museums should tell, as well as to directly involve citizens whose own stories are often inextricably linked with this past.
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In the framework of the NEARCH project, the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht selected six international artists who each collaborated with two archaeological partners. “The Materiality of the Invisible” displays the results together with the work of 24 other artists. The exhibition is organized by the Van Eyck in collaboration with Marres and Bureau Europa and spreads out over the three locations in Maastricht (NL).
The Materiality of the Invisible approaches contemporary art as an activity that shares several values and features of archaeology. Many artists challenge the underlying layers of our social and political reality. They expose what is concealed and penetrate to other times. Like archaeologists, they make the invisible visible.
The opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 29th of August coincides with the 23rd annual meeting of the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists), which is taking place in Maastricht in 2017.
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Culture Lab has been selected, within a consortium composed by B&S Europe (leading organisation), Gaia Heritage and CUMEDIAE, to provide technical support and expertise to the European Commission (DEVCO) in the implementation of the culture and development policies and programmes. This 2 years assignment has started in January 2017.