A VISIONARY PROJECT FOR A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE
ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

Mission

Project LINK, like many ambitious projects, emerged from a simple idea. There currently are a number of public collections of objects in Belgium that have not been promoted to the extent they should have been in regard to their heritage interest. This precious unexploited heritage is directly linked to one of the most controversial characteristics of contemporary society: communication, and its acceptance by society. 21st Century society, often described as the new technologies, communication and information society, is bound to undergo upheavals as radical as during the Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Indeed, the knowledge economy, based on new information and communication technologies, is a global challenge whose impact needs to be appraised from both a societal and a longer-term perspective, along the lines of future inventions and developments.

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The interactive approach of LINK focuses on raising awareness on science and technologies linked to communication as well as their peculiar historical context. It aims at creating a European hub based on scientific research, innovation, know-how, training, and international exchanges.

NATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITIONS ON COMMUNICATION

An interactive historic itinerary calling upon a reflective scenography on science. This itinerary is a fertile ground for discoveries, experimentation, learning, and science awareness, which are the foundations of communication. In this itinerary, the presented object (past, present or future – physical or virtual) always reveals a specific scientific discipline, technique, and energy source.

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« Network missing ! »

"Network missing!"" will be the launching ground for the LINK project, which has the ambition to show the impact of the evolution of communication techniques on knowledge transmission while triggering a reflection on societal and behavioural changes. This exhibition will show to the public major exhibits from the collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History (MRAH) with additional “missing links” from European collections.

Together with a Scientific Conference on the issue of collections management, the exhibition will lay the foundations of a European project for the constitution a database of collections linked to communication in Europe, which is due to be submitted in 2016. The long-term objective of this project is to create a European hub that can welcome orphan collections, offer thematic exhibitions and become a sharing and training platform; a true LINK between heritage, education, and technological developments.

SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON COLLECTIONS IN STORAGE

An increasing number of projects aim at creating joint storage facilities. Beyond economies of scale, is this a realistic perspective? What are the pros and cons of these projects? What are the implementation and operational issues of these joint facilities? What about jobs?

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LINKProject.eu International Seminar: « Joint Collections: Accessibility, Consultation, Preservation, Functionality, and Safety »

The association LINK.eu organised an International Seminar on joint storage of museum collections at the regional, national, and European level on 1 October 2016 at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels. Museum managers shared their experience of the creation of joint storage solutions around three themes: the conclusions arising from their experience, the issues around the creation and operation of these solutions, and finally the employment and training opportunities created in this field. This Seminar followed the International RE-ORG Seminar: Reconnecting with Collections in Storage, which took place on 28-29 September 2016 in Brussels.

Programme and Documents

Welcome

Yves de Bruyn (Steering Committee Member – LINKProject.eu)
in French

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Introduction

Welcome and Introduction : Externalised Collections
Philippe Englebert (Collections Manager – Royal Museum of Mariemont and Secretary – ICOM Belgium Wallonia-Brussels)
in French

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Quality management: Five key criteria
Luc Rémy (Deputy Director, Head of Collections – City of Nantes Museums)
in French

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Joint Collections: A State of Mind rather than an Implementation Challenge
Roland May (Director – French Interdisciplinary Centre for Heritage Conservation and Restoration)
in French

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Session 1: Case Studies Presentations: Objectives and Learnings

Michel De Reymaeker (Head of Mons City Collections – Artothèque)
in French

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Sylvie Maes (Advisor to the Director, Heritage Depot Policy – Erfgoedcel Brussel – Flemish Community Commission)
in Dutch

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Florence Bertin (Head of Restoration and Preventive Conservation – Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris) with Emmanuelle Bas (Head of Joint Collections – City of Paris Museums)
in French

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Duncan Dornan (Head of Museums and Collections – Glasgow Museums)
in English

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Session 2: Issues Around the Creation and Operation of Joint Storage Solutions

The Reorganisation of Collections, a Prerequisite to Any Joint Solution: The RE-ORG Programme
Gaël de Guichen (Special Advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM)
in French

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The Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Shared Storage Solutions
Roland Van der Hoeven (Deputy Director General – General Service for Heritage – Wallonia-Brussels Federation)
in French

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The Visitable Collections of the Arts and Crafts Museum (Cnam, Paris): Feedback
Marie-Sophie Corcy (Head of Collections, Arts and Crafts Museum – Cnam, Paris, France)
avec Karine Alexandrian (Head of Mediation - Arts and Crafts Museum – Cnam, Paris, France)

in French

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Atmospheric Architecture: Another Approach to Climate in Collections?
Estelle De Bruyn (Researcher on Joint Collections)
in French

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Session 3: Joint Collections – A Potential for Innovative Jobs?

Employment Perspectives in Collections
Guido Vanderhulst (Founder and former Director-Curator of La Fonderie, and Honorary President of the Brussels Museums Council)
in French

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Training Opportunities: The Example of ESF Project "e=mc2" – Culture and Jobs"
Clémentine Hemeryck (FSE Trainer)
in French

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Conclusions

Nicole Gesché-Koning (Steering Committee Member LINKProject.eu)
in French

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Organising Committee
  • Nicole Gesché-Koning, Honorary Professor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels/Superior School of Arts
  • Yves De Bruyn, Publishing Consultant – Independent Culture Expert
  • Claudine Deltour-Levie, Honorary Director-General of the Royal Museums of Art and History
  • Guido Vanderhulst, Founder and former Director-Curator of La Fonderie, and Honorary President of the Brussels Museums Council
  • Micheline Ruyssinck, Honorary Curator of the Royal Museums of Art and History
Coordinator

Joaquín de Santos, Project Manager, LINK.eu - joaquin.desantos@gmail.com

Main Partner
Innoviris.Brussels
Inoviris Brussels
Associated Partners
Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Wallonia-Brussels Federation
ICOM Belgium Wallonia-Brussels
ICOM Belgique Wallonie-Bruxelles
Katoen Natie Art
KATOEN
With the support of
the King Baudouin Foundation
fondation Roi Baudouin
the Brussels-Capital Region
région Bruxelles Capitale
the Brussels Museum Council
conseil Bruxellois des Musées
the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
conseil Bruxellois des Musées
the Royal Museums of Art and History
Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire
Under the patronage of
the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
ICCROM

ONLINE RESOURCES : DATABASE OF RESOURCES AND FORUM TO DEBATE SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

LINK’s international showcase will be a web portal, which will give free access to a wide range of resources and services available online with a specific link to communication issues. The portal will be fed on a participatory basis and validated by a network of European partners. The longer-term objective will be to create a hub of orphan collections, offering thematic exhibitions and a space for exchanges and training; a true LINK between heritage, education, and technological developments.

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About

Created in 1994 following a reflection process on the issue of orphan collections linked to communication within the Brussels Museum Council, the LINK project took an organisational form as a Belgian registered non-profit association (asbl) in June 2014. With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region and the King Baudouin Foundation, who financed a feasibility study on the need to create a European communication hub, the LINK project has the ambition to evolve into a European association under international law.

Membership


RBoard

  • Claudine Deltour-Levie
  • Nicole Gesché-Koning
  • Guido Vanderhulst
  • David Guilardian

Steering Committee

  • Camille Pisani
  • Michèle Antoine
  • Pasquale Nardone
  • Micheline Ruyssink
  • Yves De Bruyn
  • Albert Martens
  • Linda Wullus
  • Lise-Anne Hans

Project Manager

Joaquin de Santos Barbosa - joaquin.desantos@gmail.com

Artistic Advisor

Antonio Nardone

Graphic and Webdesign

Frédéric Selis + Doodle.be

With the support of

  • Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
  • Koning Boudewijnstichting

Contact

Joaquin de Santos Barbosa : joaquin.desantos@gmail.com