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Hot Stones & Cool Digitals: Sustainable Contact Zones for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Finland

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The International Journal for Intangible Heritage has published our article: Hot Stones & Cool Digitals: Sustainable Contact Zones for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Finland, in Volume 11, pages 161-172. The article shows that a combination of community participation and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) could be an effective way of promoting communities as on-site contexts for intangible cultural heritage (ICH). James Clifford’s Museums as Contact Zones (1997) serves as a theoretical and practical basis for this approach. Two community-based museum projects are documented here that were conducted in Finland between 2012 and 2014: a community-based digitisation project with the Gallen-Kallela Museum in Espoo, and a museum installation in the Hakaniemi Market Square in Helsinki to which members of the local community were the major contributors. Both projects demonstrated that it is possible for a community to foster ICH through participation, collaboration, borrowing from museum practices and by the application of emerging digital technologies.

International Journal of Intangible Heritage: ijih.org/

Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w49ogow1evnz6zf/IJIH_2016_HotStonesCoolDigitals.pdf?dl=0

Community Power Bank – Recycling Lithium-ion Battery Workshops 2016-2017

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In an age of increasing media devices, infrastructure and energy needs, how can we develop community-shared power systems? How could artistic production benefit from energy independence and also address environmental concerns? Our aim is to build a community power bank (electrical energy storage) by recycling fuel cells, building portable battery packs for community and artistic use. The initial workshops are an introduction to our community-participated energy project and includes a hands-on introduction to recycling Lithium-ion 18650 cells from consumer battery packs. Participants are guided to safely dismantle batteries, test, identify and recover functional cells. They learn how to design various cell arrangements to create variable voltage power batteries. Finally, they are assisted to build and maintain recycled USB power banks.
Two workshops have already been held in June 2016:
1. Creative Museum Conference – A Gamified Conference for Makers, Museums, and Independent Minds, June 1-3, Theatre Museum and Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. See more: https://jennysiung.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/the-creative-museum-project-at-museum-next-dublin-helsinki/
2. Open Source Circular Economy Days 2016, June 10-12 at Kääntöpöytä (Turntable), See more: https://oscedays.org/helsinki-2016/
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Photo: Justin Tyler Tate