Community lunches, guided tours, transversal projects
Through walks, meals, conversations, and workshops we explore moments of cultural hybridity that reflect the complex contemporary identities of the Tees Valley residents. Working inside and outside of the museum, we host experts in various topics who tell different stories of cultural influence and exchange.
Dual language gallery tours
These gallery tours are led by staff and people who are fluent in the Tees Valley’s non-English languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Panjabi, Tigrinya, and Urdu. These sessions offer insights into different themes and approaches within the exhibition.
Community Day lunch
The Community Day lunch is an opportunity for different people to meet and share ideas over a communal meal. Catering is provided by The Other Perspective, a Community Interest Company that employs people from refugee backgrounds.
Art in Action
July to November 2019, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
MIMA puts art into action. Together with partners, we work through art and creative programmes to contribute to the artistic, cultural, economic, educational, environmental and social life of our area. Art in Action is a space that reflects to voices, stories and experiences of the extraordinary people we work with. These individuals and organisations inspire us, fuel our work and help ensure that MIMA continues to our community.
This Art in Action display, dedicated to MIMA’s New Mappings of Europe programme, featured an interactive wall drawing which is a visual portrait of the organisation’s constituents. In this project, groups and individuals reflect on and respond to broad questions which relate to their lives and values. Their responses create an image of the complex identities that form our region. Contributors are invited to find connections and commonalities. These links reveal common experiences and offer new ways of understanding our rich community. We asked questions around people’s journeys to living in the area, their motivations, interests, dreams and traditions.
Translocal Scores + Translocal Archives
Community-oriented Guided Tours
In weekly appointments, each of the co-curators from migrant communities plus the curators, resident artist, and experts from our institutional partners (University Vienna and Wien museum) will have a guided tour through the exhibition. The tours will be held bilingual, in the language of the respective co-curator + German, and be promoted within migrant communities.
Translocal Scores exhibition
Friday, 31 May 2019 and Friday, 7 June 2019, at 4 p.m.
Curator's guides and artist talks
Wednesday, 5 June 2019, at 7 p.m.
An exhibition-review with Andreas Spiegl + A performance by Hyeji Nam + Sound by Marie Willmann & Pato Wiesauer
Phraseology and the Migrating Museum
Irene Lucas – Workshop
Sunday, 30 June 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rosa Wiesauer – curated video screening
Rosa Wiesauer, Sarah Podbelsek and Mika Maruyama – Talk
Thursday, 4 July 2019, 7 p.m.
Fluchtpunkt Wien – Symbolisations of Loss
Vida Bakondy and Amila Širbegović – Curators' Talk
Friday, 12 July 2019, 7 p.m.
City Walk 1050 Wien
Guided tour by Natalie Deewan and Tomash Schoiswohl
Meeting-point: 5erHaus, Grünwaldgasse 4, 1050 Wien
Saturday, 13 July 2019, at 4 p.m.
guided tours, lecture series, transversal events
In recent years, Discussions about migrations have been marked by the so-called refugee crisis as the media have dubbed the more numerous than usual border crossings in 2015. The word migration thus conjures up images of endless caravans of people from the Middle East, the militarized responses of the EU states, and social polarization and the rise of hate groups. Migrations have become a synonym for an emergency situation. The point of view that presents the mass migrations of 2015 as an extraordinary natural disaster that states must control by all means deflects from a true understanding of this multilayered process. Mass migrations of people from region to another have a complex history and are inextricably entwined with global economic processes that equally affect the local populations and the migrants.
Phenomena such as the migrations of refuges in 2015 are hard to process without understanding the origins of our borders, what this meant for the population and in what way also the inhabitants of Slovenia are included in the global processes of migration. The “Migrations in Time and Space” series of lectures will focus on the regional conditions in the areas near the borders and try to put the local history of the immigration and emigration of Slovenes in the global context.
+ Kantina is sharing space with the +MSUM Bookstore on the ground floor of the museum since Thursday, 21 December 2017. We have joined forces with a diverse team of people to add a variety of flavors to the existing international orientation of the museum. In addition to serving drinks and snacks from different parts of the world, + Kantina will serve as a new meeting point at Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and in the warmest months of the year extend the service to the museums' platform, to catch the sun rays or seek for shades. + Kantina is also a space that provides alternative economies for affirmations of the knowledge of migrants and it aims to build social networks and exchange ideas in the wider area of Metelkova.
Conversations / Guided Tours
Guided tours and conversations were conducted by curators, artists in residence, as well as the migrants who participated in the programme of the exhibition. Translations were provided in the migrants’ native languages (mostly Arabic and Farsi).
The mediation programme will accompany the exhibition in the form of a series of workshops with high-school pupils. The main focus of the workshop program will be the period of 1990s that is currently neglected within the local educational system, although it is the main reason for the xenophobic attitudes that are frequent among the generations that were born in the post-war period in Serbia. The workshops will try to tackle this issue, focusing on refugees that came to Serbia during the 1990s, as well as on internally displaced persons and asylum seekers. This topic will be a base for developing a dialogue about the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the war that followed this process, as well as for contextualization of this war within the local public sphere, and about the relationship between the migrations in the 1990s and the present day.