EuroVision: Museums Exhibiting Europe (EMEE) is a European museum development project for national and regional museums. It explores an innovative interdisciplinary approach for museums to re-interpret their objects in a broader context of European and trans-national history. The necessary theoretical and practical framework is developed, put into practice and evaluated by an international, trans-sectoral network bringing together the creative excellence of museums and cultural workers in a project based on the scientific expertise of History Didactics in mediating culture. It will be presented to the visitor in the so-called ‘EuroVision Lab.’ exhibitions, using the motto: ‘One Object – Many Visions – EuroVisions’. The ‘EuroVision Lab.’ is experimental by nature and is taking place at all partner institutions. It involves a variety of different activities with public appeal (e. g. exhibition projects, cultural performances), which put into practice the concept of the ‘Change of Perspective’ (COP) for the Europeanization of regional and national museums. In order to deal with historical culture and historical identity the COP has three components:
COP 1: European re-interpretation of objects
As if they were looking through a range of different lenses, experts and visitors discover that one and the same object can be perceived in multi-layered ways and contexts. Hence, the COP 1 encourages visitors to actively be engaged in the European re-interpretation of objects by intersecting local, national, transnational and global perspectives.
COP 2: Activation and participation of visitors
The COP 2 practices the change of perspective between museum experts and visitors. The museum puts strategies to the test that lead away from its traditional prerogative of historical interpretation by encouraging the visitors to reflect and express their own approach to the museum contents. The steps range from the activating presentation of the objects to a synaesthetic exhibition design and to accompanying cultural programmes in parts designed by visitors and even ‘non-visitors’.
COP 3: Broadening perspectives
The COP 3 is achieved by changing the perspectives by means of international and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, expertise and objects in order to overcome the narrowness of national and Eurocentric perspectives. In order to fulfill this aim, a European network of museum experts and cultural workers will be established.
In order to implement the “Change of Perspective“, the EMEE partners developed five so called toolkits. These manuals aim to mediate between theory and practice and to offer all interested museums instructions for innovative and creative concepts that are in support of the modernization and Europeanization of museum activities. The manuals can be downloaded for free from the project’s website along with the accompanying workshops.
The EMEE project also launched the EMEE Young Scenographers Contest which calls for young designers and scenographs to make the Change of Perspective visible in exhibitions.
Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Geschichte
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp
Project manager: Susanne Schilling M.A.