The collective domain of cultural memory

City of Skopje
: 595971-CREA-1-2018-1-NL-CULT-COOP3
: Education, employment and social policies
: 36.000,00 €
: 01.6.2018
: Culture
: 01.06.2018
: Grant
: 36.000,00 €

: CDCM aims to develop methodologies and new concepts for the perception and the interpretation of cultural heritage as a space of representation. The focus of the project is re-framing the cultural heritage in Macedonia, Croatia and in The Netherlands. These geographical spots in Europe can become the starting point of an open debate on re-framing cultural heritage in Europe.In Part 1 - Skopje, Macedonia, the project will engage with the consequences and after effects of the project "Skopje 2014", a project that was initiated by the previous government of Macedonia. Aiming to create a new identity many socialists and modernist buildings were 'dressed' in new facades in 'neo (neo) classical architecture'. Despite the attempts to classify these buildings as 'real cultural heritage’, there is a clear disapproval amongst the citizens. With the project, we want to open public debate to relieve the city of the imposed and controlled understanding of history, displayed by the project "Skopje 2014". In Part 2 - The Netherlands, animated by the national debate regarding the use of the name of Admiral Witte Corneliszoon de With, a Dutch officer engaged in colonial exploits by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, we want to focus on how the stories about our past, construct the image of how we collectively see ourselves. Exposing the painful discrepancy between the self-image of tolerance and the colonial and slavery history upon which the Dutch Society is built, it becomes a matter of controversy whether to re-name spaces or keep the link to a blind spot in history. Part 3, in Croatia the CDCM with the organized activities will aid onto the ONGOING citizens' campaign for preservation and critical re-evaluation of the mid- 20th-century architectural modernism, focused primarily on the mid-Dalmatia. More precisely the project will aim to help the citizens to further recognize the value of modernist built environment as a memento to a better construction history.