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Moniek Driesse: An exploration of subjective mapping as a tool in analysing urban heritage as a dynamic process

Högre seminarium

In this seminar our PhD student Moniek Driesse will introduce her recently started PhD project. Moniek is part of the European research school CHEurope. Below you will find a short presentation of Moniek and her work, and the attached poster gives a more detailed introduction.

Moniek Driesse is a design researcher born in a tiny village in the Netherlands, who has been wandering the megalopolis Mexico City for quite some years, before moving to Sweden to start her PhD at the Department of Conservation in September 2017. Her design practice arises from a reaction to the social, cultural and political conditions of urban environments and embraces the subjective nature of human experience in order to understand it in its context and to promote socio-cultural change through her work on the agency of imaginaries. In this seminar, she will present some paradigmatic cases of former projects focused on public space in vulnerable urban areas (mostly in the Netherlands and Latin America) that could be connected to the field of critical heritage practice. Also, she will share some initial considerations of her PhD research in the context of the cluster ¿Curating the City: New Modes and Models for Heritage Analysis¿ of the Critical Heritage Europe Research School.

After obtaining her undergrad degree in visual communication she started off by collaborating in the making of various art pieces that interact with public space. Thereafter, she worked on the Subjective Atlas project. This series of publications allow the inhabitants themselves to create ¿maps¿ of a country or region from a personal perspective. As such this publication can be seen as a form of contemporary cultural memory. From these experiences onwards she focused on applying transdisciplinary research methods. Her approach seeks to activate the imaginaries of citizens and record their relation to public space in order to generate urban transitions. For example, in 2017 she was working on ATLAN ¿ a project that investigated the complexity of the human right to water and social fragmentation in Mexico City. She wondered around the notion of water as a common heritage. The project does not seek direct answers but visualises socio-cultural imaginaries that often go unnoticed in everyday life habits. The process will be published in a book in 2018.

In her PhD research project she wants to reflect theoretically on the transdisciplinary methods she has applied in previous work in order to develop the role of ¿the curatorial¿ in heritage practices in urban contexts and re-link decision making processes, the research that is supposed to guide it and the people that ultimately have to live the reality it influences. A collaboration with the City Museum of Gothenburg will be set up to elaborate on how the museum as a key stakeholder in the city can improve its function as an idea-mediator and innovative knowledge hub beyond the physical institutional space. Subjective mapping will be employed as a constitutive tool in the complexity of the network of actors involved in urban transition processes. This approach allows Moniek to address the agency of public space and to account for a dynamic notion of cultural heritage in times of change; that is to say, to investigate the layered relations (in time and scale) between urban landscapes and ecosystems, cultural history and social inclusion.

Föreläsare: Moniek Driesse

Datum: 2018-03-14

Tid: 15:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Kulturvård

Arrangör: Katarina Saltzman

Plats: Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5 A

Evenemangslänk: Läs mer om Moniek Driesse: An exploration of subjective mapping as a tool in analysing urban heritage as a dynamic process

Kontaktperson: Katarina Saltzman

Sidansvarig: Henrik Thelin|Sidan uppdaterades: 2016-09-15

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