Heritage. Where the past meets the future. Focus on creativity and innovations

The International Cultural Centre in Krakow organises a series of seminars titled The Power of Heritage as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Another seminar in this series, co-organised by the City Culture Institute, will take place in Gdańsk on 7 June. Experts invited for this meeting will discuss a variety of issues concerning cultural heritage, including one of the most unexpected fields affected by cultural heritage, namely, creativity and innovation.

Cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, can work as a source and indispensable foundation for creativity and innovative solutions. Among other factors, there is the technical aspect, where heritage works as a source of knowledge, skills, and practices (for instance, the development of traditional crafts which employ innovations in technique and technology). However, heritage can also inspire the development of new products and services, as manifested by ethnodesign, or by solutions within social media created for the purpose of digitalisation and sharing collections.

Another important area is the relationship between cultural heritage and creative industries which often decide to locate their headquarters in heritage sites, including post-industrial heritage architecture (see our report on the project The Social Impact of Cultural Heritage. Case Study of Off Piotrowska in Łódź, becoming an important factor of revitalisation of given area.

These and other issues will be discussed during the Gdańsk seminar titled Heritage. Where the past meets the future. Focus on creativity and innovations.

Programme – short version

15.10 – 15.50 On the power of heritage – introductory lecture by Dr. Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga

16.00 – 17.30 Heritage and creativity – an oxymoron? On heritage, problems of revitalisation, post-industrial sites, and contemporary use of our inheritance, discussion with Dr. Marek Z. Barański (The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk), Michał Styś (executive director of OPG Property Professionals, coordinator of the OFF Piotrkowska project in Łódź), and Lubomira Trojan (Zamek Cieszyn); convenor: Dr. Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga

The discussion will address the relationship between heritage, creativity and innovation. Are these notions contradictory? What impact does heritage make on our creativity and innovativeness? Do creative industries really favour historic, post-industrial objects and sites as venues for their business ventures? Do they have any meaning for revitalisation of urban space?

18.00–19.00 The future of the past – lecture by Professor Jacek Purchla

The lecture will address the evolution of the notion of cultural heritage and its complex transformation that occurred in our approach to the past, “historic monuments”, and broadly understood historical or cultural inheritance. In his richly illustrated presentation Professor Purchla will investigate the outcomes of contemporary heritage studies, i.e. heritology, as well as a network of notions related to cultural heritage, which over the course of several recent decades have effectively dismissed the “nineteenth-century static conception of historic monuments”.

PATIO of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, ul. Targ Węglowy 6.

Free admission
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