We’re back! – Tune in to our second episode of ICOM Voices: Historical awareness and preservation of social memories
In this episode, our host Mathieu Viau-Courville talks to Karen Worcman, Director and Founder of the Museum of the Person in Sao Paulo, and Eddie Avila, Director of Rising Voices, about how memories of suffering are displayed as part of collective efforts to build historical consciousness and identity.
So whether you’re a seasoned museum professional, a museology student or a curious culture buff, tune in to our second episode!
Mathieu Viau-Courville is director of the Office de cooperation et d’information muséales (OCIM), France. Born in Canada, and brought up in Greece, he is interested in cross-cultural studies of museums in contemporary contexts. He sees museums –of any kind– as being inclusive spaces that enable and empower diversity and generate meaningful social experiences. For more than 15 years now, Mathieu has worked in and around national museums and universities in Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, France, the UK, and Luxembourg. He also conducted extensive field research in South America, primarily Bolivia, where he spent a total of six years, as well as Brazil, where he has been working since 2014 in the design of teaching and community engagement initiatives. He has also been developing research collaborations and workshops in Spain since 2012, particularly in Catalunya and the Basque Country. He received his PhD from the School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia, UK.
This Episode’s Guests
Karen Worcman was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962. She graduated in History and has a master in Linguistics. She has been working with oral history since 1986. She is director of the Museum of the Person and one of its founders. She has coordinated innumerous projects on life stories. The projects -developed for companies and institutions became different kinds of products like CD Rooms, Intranets, books, exhibitions and documentaries. The Museum of the Person is a virtual museum founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1992. Since 1996 a site on the net is open for every person to send his/her life story as to read other people’s story. Since it was founded, Karen has coordinated more then 20 projects like the multimedia history of the two major soccer teams in Brazil, the multimedia history of tradesmen in Brazil, the story of electricity, some Memory Centers for some of the majors companies in Brazil. She is also a fellow Ashoka. Ashoka is a global, nonprofit organization that finds and supports outstanding individuals for far-reaching social change. Her major interests are oral history and technology and how this can be applied in communication and social improvement Her goal is to create an international network based on life stories that should work through out the net and that will be an alternative channel of communication and education between different kinds of communities.
Eddie Avila is Director of Rising Voices, the outreach initiative of Global Voices, which aims to help bring new voices from new communities speaking threatened or indigenous languages into the global debate by providing training, resources, micro-grants and mentoring to underrepresented local communities who want to tell their own digital stories using participatory media tools.