Our history is to a substantial degree the description of the triumph of cities and city life.
Cities are about blue people turning red people purple.
The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities is one of ICOM's youngest International Committees.
It is a forum for people who work in or are interested in museums about cities, urban planners, historians, economists, architects or geographers, all of whom can share knowledge and experience, exchange ideas and explore partnerships across national boundaries. In short, CAMOC is about cities and the people who live in them.
To join CAMOC and take part in its activities click on Introduction at the top of this page, then on Joining the Committee. Otherwise go directly to www.icom
This home page acts as a noticeboard and is updated regularly***See also our related web site: www.museumofthecity.org ***
October Newsletter: From Brazil to Sweden
The October newsletter contains a report on the Rio Conference. CAMOC Newsletter 2013_04
Also, details of our 2014 conference in Sweden.
The August newsletter contains an article by Jack Lohman on Brazil's city museums and an
article on MAR, one of Rio's spectacular new museums: CAMOC Newsletter 2013_03 -1
CAMOC is now seeking members for a new series of working groups:
1. Publications; 2. CAMOCnews,CAMOC's regular newsletter; 3. Projects and conferences,
including two sub-groups arising out of the Rio de Janeiro August 2013 conference: a. on
the Rio Favela INsight Project and the creation of a crowd source online platform on cities
and city museums, b. on the Rio CityTEXTureS project (Literature and Cities); 4. Recruiting
new members for CAMOC; 5. Fundraising for CAMOC activities; 6. CAMOC Rules - the rules
each international committee must have; 7.The CAMOC web site; 8. City Museum Research;
9. Especially for city museum directors and staff - issues of leadership, governance and
sustainability of city museums.
If you would like to join any of these groups please get in touch with the CAMOC secretary
Rio de Janeiro: the ICOM | CAMOC conference 10-17. 8. 2013
Street art in Leblon, Rio ©Ian Jones
> Conference report
The October issue of the CAMOC Newsletter contains a report and reflections on the conference:
> Rio in sight and sound: watch?v=1o2pVxo1Ff4 <
Youtube video from Ana Rodriguez, São Paulo architect and CAMOC member
> Check out these links for our programme and abstracts of presentations:
Corcovado Courtesy Marizilida Cruppe BBC
O Rio vive a maior transformação urbana de sua história: um momento único
Rio is living through a vast urban, and social, transformation. The ICOM conference was only one
of a string of international events which Rio is host to. In 2012 it was the venue for the United
Nations conference on sustainable development.Next year it will be one of Brazil's host cities for
the World Football Cup and in 2016 it will be the home of the Olympics and Paralympics. The
consequence is adramaticdaily transformation of Rio and other cities across Brazil, a
transformation which has come at a cost andhas provoked reaction on the streets.
Um Brasil para todos
Few of us can be unaware of the demonstrationsspreading across Brazil.On 20 June one million
took to the streets.What started as a reaction to specific issues such as the rise in transport
fares and the cost of staging the World Football Cup has escalated into a demand for social
change. Even so a great city in a great democracy.
Rio as a smart city: a Unicef/CEDAPS project
Rio has ambitions to be Latin America's leading smart city. Of relevance to CAMOC's conference
is a project co-ordinated by Unicef in collaboration with CEDAPS(Centro de Promocao da Saude).
It involves young people digitally mapping five favelas using digital cameras attached to kites to
highlight some of the problems facing people living in the favelas. There is a full account on this
link:Rio de Janeiro BBC
From the CAMOC conference -
José Wisnik, Brazil: keynote speaker
Richard Sandell, United Kingdom, keynote speaker: how museums change lives
Marlen Mouliou, Greece
Suay Aksoy,Turkey The Botanic Gardens
The Cities in Literature Project in the Botanic Gardens
Jette Sandahl, Denmark reading from Kierkegaard Vladimir Ilytch Tolstoy, Russia: Anna's walk in the the Zoological Gardens from Anna Karenina
"But would not Rome be the most beautiful city in the world if it were not, at the same time, the ugliest?
Naturally, beauty and ugliness go hand in hand. The latter renders the former touching and human. The
former allows us to forget the latter."
From Roma Malandrina by Pier Paulo Pasolini read by Layla Betti, one of many readings on cities during the
Cities in Literature programme at the Botanic Gardens.
"The awakening of a city, with or without fog, moves me far more than the breaking of dawn in the country."
From The Book of Disquiet by the Lisbon writer Fernando Pessoa, translated by Richard Zenith, Pinging Classics
2002. Read by Joana Monteiro.
" As you have probably already gathered, there is plenty to see and experience in town.There is no shortage of
stories; every road, every side street and every house whispers them. They rustle in the leaves of the willow,
plane and chestnut trees. Sparrows chirp and pigeons coo them. Monuments and statues tell them out aloud.
All you need to do is stop and listen.”
From Ljubljana Literary Trail by Sebastjan Pregelj & Gašpar Troha, read by Jelena Batič, Slovenia
The ICOM closing ceremony. On the left Maria Ignez Franco, chair of ICOM Brazil
A representation of a favela outside MAR, the Museu de Arte do Rio
Cidade das Artes, the ICOM conference venue, under construction. The architect is the Paris based Christian de
Portzamparc. The building opened on January 3 with Rock in Rio,the Musical. The official opening was in May. It
covers 97,000 sq metres in Barra da Tijuca in the western section of Rio, where the Olympic Park is now being
built. © Nelson_KON_003_04
The Cidade das Artes from another angle. It is situated at the junction of Av. das Americas with Av.Ayrton Senna
and near the Alvorado bus station. ©Andre_VIERA_9510retouch. See also www.portzamparc.com
Corcovado, the pavement by Roberto Burle Marx on Copacabana, Rio Branco, the Botanic Gardens ©Ian Jones
For a spectacular view of Rio via a helicopter flight: watch?v=LgagQi7Iy1o
This next video is a memorial to Oscar Niemeyer, whose buildings are all over Rio. Towards the
end (1:13:55) there are shots of the inside and exterior of this remarkable gallery, as well as
views over the Bay: watch?v=X078KFCFLsM
Rio from Niterói on the other side of Guanabara Bay ©Ian Jones
Favela street art © Suay Aksoy
Copacabana, the ultimate in city icons ©Ian Jones
A favela museum to visit www.museudamare.org © Suay Aksoy
The favela museum of Pavão-Pavãozinho on the hill between Copacabana and Ipanema © Suay Aksoy
Os ingredientes do Rio, sua tolerância, sua aceitação do diferente, sua vocação para o prazer e
sua abertura de mente e espírito… (Hans Donner)
This is our first ebook. Click on camoc Published in December 2012
City Museums: Collisions|Connections Vancouver 24-26 October 2012
Photo courtesy Tourism Vancouver
A conference on city museums and their engagement with city life
The programme and abstracts are on: CAMOC Final Program lo-res.pdf
There is also a full report in the February issue of the CAMOC newsletter - see below.
Museum of the City
The web site created by our member, Professor Chet Orloff.
Our Greatest Artefact: the City Tunis: © Habib Saidi
Our latest book has now been published as a 184 page illustrated ebook. It is a
collection of essays on cities and museums about them, drawn from our conferences
in Istanbul, Shanghai and Berlin. It is available on camoc
Urban Life and Museums Outside the Jewish Museum Berlin © Ian Jones
Museum International: No. 231 (Vol. 58. No.3) UNESCO, Paris September 2006
ISSN 1350 0775. A special edition of the journal, edited by Isabelle Vinson and
devoted to the proceedings of CAMOC's first conference in Boston, USA. 111pp
City Museums and City Development The siege of Moscow © Moscow City Museum archives
Altamira Press, Lanham, New York, Toronto, Plymouth 2008
ISBN:978-0-7591-1180-6 189pp Paperback edition 2010
"A far more compelling book than others of its kind." Museums Journal, London
"Cities need museums as people need memories: not as a repository of their past, but
as a token of their identity and a guide to the future.
"Here is a unique survey of city museums from five continents to stimulate discussion..."
Joseph Rykwert, author of The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty-First Century
City Museums and the Future of the City Museum of the History of Seoul © Ian Jones
Proceedings of the CAMOC conference in Seoul 2008. Museum of the History of Seoul
Seoul 2010. In Korean and English. 230pp
A Better City Shanghai © Ian Jones
Summary proceedings of the CAMOC conference in Shanghai. Shanghai History Museum
Shanghai 2010. In Chinese and English. 333pp
Museums of the City: a website
CAMOC was awarded a grant by ICOM in 2009 to set up a web site devoted to
museums of the city. It's the brainchild of Professor Chet Orloff at Portland
State University. It's now up and running at www.museumofthecity.org
The site is still being developed and contributions are welcomed.
Museum of Moscow
Photo Paul Kritz & Tasha Manaenkova
Alina Saprinkina, formerly art director of ARTPLAY, the Moscow design centre is the new
director of the Museum of Moscow
The Cities Programme at the London School of Economics is an international centre
dedicated to the understanding of urban life. Much of its work is of direct relevance to
the interests of CAMOC and its range of publications on cities and city life is exceptional.
More information can be found on citiesProgramme
SALT is a centre for exhibitions, conferences, public programmes, research
projects and, among many other things, urbanism. It's activities are based in two
iconic districts of Istanbul:Beyoğlu and Galata. One of its latest ventures has been
The Making Of Beyoğlu, a series of workshops examining case studies in Beyoğlu.
You can check it out on a first rate web site: www.saltonline.org SALT's related
web site is more or less a virtual museum of Istanbul and is of exceptional flair and
Photos from previous CAMOC meetings:
Photo: Hans Peter Merten © German National Tourist Board
Berlin 2011. In der Asphaltstadt bin ich daheim Bertolt Brecht
Shanghai city centre Our conference organiser Zhang Lan,
Director of the Shanghai History Museum
Shanghai - the conference
One of our Shanghai conference excursions was to Tongli, a water town in the
Yangtse basin. It has been regenerated by our keynote speaker, Professor Ruan
Ysan.He has been recognised by UNESCO for his urban regeneration work in China
Istanbul 2009. Marlen Mouliou, CAMOC's current Secretary
Chet Orloff, adjunct Professor of urban studies and planning Portland State
University,Director emeritus Orgeon Historical Society,former CAMOC Board member
and originator of our associated web site, museum of the city - see above
Istanbul 2009. Suay Aksoy, our current President, Elena Koroshenko, Russian/
English interpreter for our conferences, Galina Vedernikova, CAMOC's first
President and Director of Moscow City Museum and Irina Smagina, Deputy
Director of the Museum
Board meeting in Tatarstan 2008. Karen Koh, Seoul History Museum
Seoul 2008. Blaz Persin, Director, City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Seoul 2008. Delegates from Malaysia, Korea and India
Board meeting, Copenhagen 2007. Joergen Selmer, then Director of the Museum of
Copenhagen and Otto Hochreiter, Director of Graz City Museum
Some of us on an excursion to Klosterneuburg, Vienna 2007
Vienna 2007. Irina Smagina,Burkhard von Roda,Director of the Basel History Museum,
Bernard Rushing, USA Ana Rodrigues, Brazil
CAMOC's first conference took place at Northeastern University, Boston in 2006
CAMOC was set up in Moscow in 2005
London: Olympic City 2012. Near the Olympic Park. An opinion not necessarily shared
by other Londoners.
Moscow, where CAMOC was set up in 2005