Event

Sep 7, 2021
Critical Heritage Practice: Preferred Futures, Uncertain Presents and Speculative Pasts

This presentation will provide a practice-based account of heritage conservation as a set of research methods that contribute to broader debates about the past and concerns about our futures. It will explore the principles of the conservation discipline within a framing of colonialism and the need for additional methodological tools that go beyond the technical ability of heritage to merely present something of the past to be experienced in the present.

In addition to the opportunities provided by conservation’s forensic encounter with the vestigial remains of the past, this will consider the implications of prioritizing either materials, values, or people in heritage conservation policy and practice. Decolonizing, transculturalism, and post-humanism will be presented as tools to challenge the Authorized Heritage Discourse. The potential of critical speculative methods will be presented as ways to highlight the (un)certainty of authorizing knowledge production in providing stories of the past and the future.

The implications of conserving heritage in the environmental humanities of the Anthropocene will be examined as a response to the projected rupture of time ahead of us, rather than behind us in the past. This will plot a shift in the focus of heritage practice in its salvage paradigm, replacing a response to the absence created in the progress towards a new optimistic future, with action to salvage sufficient resources to sustain human populations in their anticipated future broken worlds. This enables heritage practice to provide new ways to propose implausible but real nows, and realizable preferable futures.

Two heritage projects will be discussed as examples of the application of decolonizing, transcultural, critical heritage, and post-humanist practice in the conservation of heritage places and objects. The case studies will form the focus of two subsequent workshops:

Workshop 1 (Decolonizing One Discipline at a Time, Starting with Heritage Conservation): decolonizing and transcultural methods will be highlighted in a heritage conservation project: Hinemihi, the wharenui at Clandon Park, UK/Te Wairoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Workshop 2 (Role of Creative Practice in Heritage Process: Speculative Pasts from Certain Futures. Past, Present and Future, Which Comes First?): critical heritage and post-humanist methods will be discussed in relation to a critical speculative design project: "Objects of the Misanthropocene, Insouciant Artefacts from the Museums of Beyond."

 

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Address
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Room
Zoom/Online Meeting Platform
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Please register using the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqc-ygrjopGtDsYtPawu56fuQ7UHkw38Pf 

 

2021-09-07T14:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2021-09-07 14:00:00 2021-09-07 15:30:00 Critical Heritage Practice: Preferred Futures, Uncertain Presents and Speculative Pasts This presentation will provide a practice-based account of heritage conservation as a set of research methods that contribute to broader debates about the past and concerns about our futures. It will explore the principles of the conservation discipline within a framing of colonialism and the need for additional methodological tools that go beyond the technical ability of heritage to merely present something of the past to be experienced in the present. In addition to the opportunities provided by conservation’s forensic encounter with the vestigial remains of the past, this will consider the implications of prioritizing either materials, values, or people in heritage conservation policy and practice. Decolonizing, transculturalism, and post-humanism will be presented as tools to challenge the Authorized Heritage Discourse. The potential of critical speculative methods will be presented as ways to highlight the (un)certainty of authorizing knowledge production in providing stories of the past and the future. The implications of conserving heritage in the environmental humanities of the Anthropocene will be examined as a response to the projected rupture of time ahead of us, rather than behind us in the past. This will plot a shift in the focus of heritage practice in its salvage paradigm, replacing a response to the absence created in the progress towards a new optimistic future, with action to salvage sufficient resources to sustain human populations in their anticipated future broken worlds. This enables heritage practice to provide new ways to propose implausible but real nows, and realizable preferable futures. Two heritage projects will be discussed as examples of the application of decolonizing, transcultural, critical heritage, and post-humanist practice in the conservation of heritage places and objects. The case studies will form the focus of two subsequent workshops: Workshop 1 (Decolonizing One Discipline at a Time, Starting with Heritage Conservation): decolonizing and transcultural methods will be highlighted in a heritage conservation project: Hinemihi, the wharenui at Clandon Park, UK/Te Wairoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Workshop 2 (Role of Creative Practice in Heritage Process: Speculative Pasts from Certain Futures. Past, Present and Future, Which Comes First?): critical heritage and post-humanist methods will be discussed in relation to a critical speculative design project: "Objects of the Misanthropocene, Insouciant Artefacts from the Museums of Beyond."   Cross-section of paint sample, showing layers of paint on Hinemihi’s Historic carvings (IsabelI Cardoso). Cross-section of paint sample, showing layers of paint on Hinemihi’s Historic carvings (IsabelI Cardoso). A painting-by-numbers canvas, a communal artwork painted by Hinemihi’s People at the noho marae in August 2010 (WHAT_architecture). Digital reconstruction of 1881 painted design, showing segments of the key architectural features (Emilia Ralston). Hinemihi, the wharenui (Māori meeting house) at Clandon Park, UK: Hinemihi as a living being. Hinemihi, the wharenui (Māori meeting house) at Clandon Park, UK: kaitiakitanga (maintenance) of Hinemihi in 2007. Click on image above to view gallery   Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany Zoom/Online Meeting Platform Lisa Onaga Lisa Onaga Europe/Berlin public