Two days ago “El Blog del Guerrero” by Centro José Guerrero in Granada (Spain,) published an article on Artforum Video, the new section of Artforum compiling a selection of videos available on social media. Although the initiative could present some issues on artists’ permissions and I agree on that (“some kind of permissions disclaimer should appear on ArtForum, since the authority of their site’s curation outweighs its source;”) I consider it a good understanding of the benefits that social media can provide to the art world. In fact, during the past months at lamusediffuse we have being doing something similar.
lamusediffuseTV is a group of YouTube Playlists on relevant topics of museums. From specific areas of the world to common topics, lamusediffuseTV tries to present a curated vision of museums at YouTube. We encourage you watching them and sharing with us your reactions and any other video you considered interesting to add at lamusediffuse’s channel. Maybe, if you are planning any visit during this summertime you should check first our lamusediffuseTV – Queues at Museums. Discouraging, but soooooooo real…
After the campaign for raising awareness on the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, there is some hope about the recovering of such a marvellous museum,
The Baghdad Museum, which has been sealed with concrete, is to be reopened to staff. Shortly before antiquities head Donny George went into exile last August, he had all the entrances to the building blocked, because of the deteriorating security situation in Baghdad. Dr George admitted that this could have created environmental problems, but he felt it was too dangerous to protect the museum with just locked doors.
Dr Abbas al-Hussainy, the new director of the state board of antiquities, told The Art Newspaper last month that he is now “very worried about underground water”. This could cause dampness, or even flooding, since the museum is located close to the Tigris. Ivories and cuneiform tablets would be particularly vulnerable. There are also concerns that rats may have multiplied in the museum over the past year.
After facing the dilemma of having to balance security and environmental risks, Dr Abbas has decided that the building should be reopened to staff. In the current security situation, there is no immediate prospect of the museum being open to visitors.
The Italian government recently provided a massive steel security door for the Baghdad museum. Last month a gap was breached in the wall and the new door was cemented into place. Beyond the security door there are two further locked doors, and when we went to press, these had not been entered, so conditions inside the stores still remain unknown.
Dr Abbas also revealed that there have been three attempts by Coalition troops to enter the museum and antiquities office in the past two months. The first two incidents involved Americans. On the first occasion they forced their way into the compound (but not the buildings); there was a similar incident a week later. On the third occasion a group of westerners in civilian clothing brandished an unsigned letter of authority, but retreated on being questioned.
Meanwhile the British Museum is in discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about financial assistance to aid the Baghdad museum and Iraq’s archaeological service. (The Art Newspaper)
However, the reopening of the museum still seems to be very far. In addition to the important budget constraints for the rehabilitation of the building, the recovering of the looted artifacts and the restauration of the remaining pieces; another crucial problem is the lack of security for protential visitors. For this reason at lamusediffuse we have started a project on Flickr called “Museum of Iraq 2.0” on Photos on Iraqi art, artifacts and cultural heritage disseminated in collections from all over the world. Add to this pool all the art works which belonged to the looted National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad or are part of the Iraqi Heritage and currently are in other museums’ collections. We are looking forward your contributions to make this museum and Iraqi culture open to everybody.
Image: Wahish: Beauty, 2006
Our project addresses two facts. The first one is the lack of information about museums in Libya available on the websites of related institutions, particularly on the AFRICOM’s one. The second fact is the apparent lack of museum websites in Libya. Thus, our final goal is achieving a reference document on Libyan Museums -focused on the specific example of the Jamahiriya Museum at Tripoli- and made it available online for researchers, professionals and people interested in Museums and Libyan Culture.
Till now and thanks to contributors like you we have been able to locate 12 museums on our map of Libya on the photo. However, we already have 24 museums listed in our Libyan Museums List belonging to our Museums in Libya wiki. Now, we want to populate and polish this information and create an interactive map with all your photos. To achieve it, we need your collaboration.
We would really appreciate if you check the Libyan Museums List to add any additional information you could know on any museum in the list or about anyone still not on it.
We also encourage you to share your photos on Libyan museums in our Flickr group, e-artcasting. We need you tagging photos on museums in Libya with, at least, this information,
- Continent where the museum is
- Country where the museum is
- City, Town, or specific location where the museum is
- Complete name of the museum
- the tag “Museum”
- the tag “Art” (in case of Art Museums)
If you have any video, article or any other kind of information; you can post them here at Ly-Hub, send it to our del.icio.us account with the tagg “for:e_artcasting” or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, help us to spread the word and do not hesitate to make us any question. We are looking forward your collaboration!