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  • Representation Under Attack
    Edited by L'Internationale Online

    Following the attacks on the creators of the controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, the shootings at a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, the punishment of the rights activist and blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent massive civil mobilisation, the cultural field is forced to process the significance of these events and their wider implications for our work. In Paris and many other instances across continents, representation itself came under attack. Arguably, the field of representation has been in crisis for some time, yet the current context demands that we consider this crisis from different perspectives and historical frameworks. As the public platform of a confederation of museums and art institutions, L'Internationale Online has commissioned a series of opinion pieces that comment on this complex situation in order to start a wider discussion from different cultural and geopolitical contexts. We invited contributors to consider the issues at stake: from questions of manipulated archives and how access to historical documents might play a role in attacks on representation, to what kind of manipulation and victimisation strategies attacks such as these engender.

    Chapters
    1. 1.
      Introduction
    2. 2.
      UNDER ATTACK (or Expression in the Age of Selfie-Control)
    3. 3.
      Bourgeois Censorship: No Representation Without Taxation!
    4. 4.
      Syria as a Global Metaphor
    5. 5.
      The Myth of Unfamiliarity
    6. 6.
      Chained Reaction: Freedom of Expression, Historical Censorship and Opposition Movements
    7. 7.
      Club Silencio and the Emptiness of the Square (regarding Tatlin's Whisper)
    8. 8.
      Havana Tribunes
    9. 9.
      A Dangerous State
    10. 10.
      Who Said Fear?
    11. 11.
      Zero for Conduct
    12. 12.
      Thing 001635 (Australia Coat of Arms)
    13. 13.
      "Representation Under Attack" Through the Lens of the Collections and Archives of the Members of L'Internationale
    14. 14.
      Biographies
  • Decolonising Museums
    Edited by L'Internationale Online

    Decolonising Museums is the second thematic publication of L'Internationale Online; it addresses colonial legacies and mindsets, which are still so rooted and present today in the museum institutions in Europe and beyond. The publication draws from the conference Decolonising the Museum which took place at MACBA in Barcelona, 27-29 November 2014 (among the contributors to this thematic issue, Clémentine Deliss, Daniela Ortiz and Francisco Godoy Vega participated at this seminar), and offers new essays, responding to texts published on the online platform earlier this year.

    Chapters
    1. 1.
      Introduction
    2. 2.
      The Invisible and the Visible. Identity Politics and the Economy of Reproduction in Art
    3. 3.
      Collecting Life's Unknowns
    4. 4.
      "Decolonising Museums" through the lens of the collections and archives of the members of L'Internationale
    5. 5.
      From the collection of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
    6. 6.
      The Dutch VOC mentality. Cultural Policy as a Business Model
    7. 7.
      Catch Me, If You Can!
    8. 8.
      From the collection of M HKA, Antwerpen
    9. 9.
      "I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet... but your kids are gonna love it"
    10. 10.
      The Culture of Coloniality
    11. 11.
      The Border of the "Fourth World"
    12. 12.
      1989 - 1992. Myth and Magic
    13. 13.
      Columbus, How Do I Get Rid of My Hangover?
    14. 14.
      A Salt Box and a Bracelet Conversing with a Painting. Decolonising a Post-Soviet Museum in the Caucasus
    15. 15.
      From the collection of MG+MSUM, Ljubljana
    16. 16.
      Around the Postcolony and the Museum. Curatorial Practice and Decolonizing Exhibition Histories
    17. 17.
      From the Collection of MACBA, Barcelona
    18. 18.
      Institutional Fever in China
    19. 19.
      Frontier Imaginaries
    20. 20.
      Interview: Forced Closures
    21. 21.
      What do we talk about when we talk about decolonisation? Interview with Rachel O'Reilly
    22. 22.
      Biographies
  • Decolonising Archives
    Edited by L'Internationale Online with Rado Ištok

    The e-publication Decolonising Archives aims to show how archives bear testimony to what was, even more so than collections. Archives present documents that allow one to understand what happened and in which order. Today Internet technology, combined with rapid moves made on the geopolitical chessboard, make archives a contested site of affirmation, recognition and denial. As such, it is of great importance to be aware of processes of colonialisation and decolonisation taking place as new technology can both be used to affirm existing hegemonic colonial relationships or break them open.

    Chapters
    1. 1.
      Introduction
    2. 2.
      Radically De-Historicising the Archive. Decolonising Archival Memory from the Supremacy of Historical Discourse
    3. 3.
      Buried (and) Alive
    4. 4.
      Another Mapping of Art and Politics. The Archive Policies of Red Conceptualismos del Sur
    5. 5.
      Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Archives in Contemporary Colonial Canada
    6. 6.
      In Search For Queer Ancestors
    7. 7.
      The Hump of Colonialism, or The Archive as a Site of Resistance
    8. 8.
      A Grin Without Marker
    9. 9.
      Presenting Pasts
    10. 10.
      The Archives of the Commons seminar, Madrid 2015
    11. 11.
      Archives of the Commons: Knowledge Commons, Information and Memory
    12. 12.
      Biographies
  • Ecologising Museums
    Edited by L'Internationale Online with Sarah Werkmeister

    The implications around climate change have far-reaching consequences but they can also have far-reaching benefits. The e-publication Ecologising Museums explores how museums and cultural institutions can face the issue not only head-on, but from all angles. To what degree are the core activities of collecting, preserving and presenting in fact attitudes that embody an unsustainable view of the world and the relationship between man and nature?

    Chapters
    1. 1.
      Introduction
    2. 2.
      Let Us Now Praise Famous Seeds
    3. 3.
      Beyond COP21: Collaborating with Indigenous People to Understand Climate Change and the Arctic
    4. 4.
      Theorising More-Than Human Collectives for Climate Change Action in Museums
    5. 5.
      Fictioning is a Worlding
    6. 6.
      Late Subatlantic. Science Poetry in Times of Global Warming
    7. 7.
      Ecosophy and Slow Anthropology. A Conversation with Barbara Glowczewski
    8. 8.
      Necroaesthetics: Denaturalising the Collection
    9. 9.
      The Eclipse of the Witness: Natural Anatomy and the Scopic Regime of Modern Exhibition-Machines
    10. 10.
      Imagining a Culture Beyond Oil at the Paris Climate Talks
    11. 11.
      Climate Risks, Art, and Red Cross Action. Towards a Humanitarian Role for Museums?
    12. 12.
      Biographies
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