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Rio de Janeiro: the ICOM | CAMOC conference 10-17. 8. 2013
Street art in Leblon, Rio ©Ian Jones
>To start: Rio in sight and sound: watch?v=1o2pVxo1Ff4 <
Youtube video from Ana Rodriguez, São Paulo architect and CAMOC member
This year the triennial conferences of ICOM and its International Committees takes place in Rio.
Corcovado Courtesy Marizilida Cruppe BBC
O Rio vive a maior transformação urbana de sua história: um momento único
Rio is living through the biggest urban transformation in its history. The ICOM conference is 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. In 2014 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 the city. It is a unique moment in the city's
history and an excitingtime to visit an exciting city.
1. The ICOM conference. Museums (memory+creativity)= social change
Confêrencia do ICOM: Museus (memória +criatividade) = mudança social
ICOM's conference will take place on 10-17 August 2013. Our Brazilian partners are well
advanced in their planning and the full programme will be provided very soon on this site:
www.icomrio2013.org In the meantime you can register on the site which also contains
information about accommodation and travel arrangements.
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 is 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
2. The CAMOC conference with ICLAM, MINOM, the Favela Museum and the Municipality
To make the best of the opportunities that the ICOM Triennial Conference presents,CAMOC will
be collaborating with different partners for different joint projects -
2.1 CAMOC 12-13 August
Firstly, a CAMOC-only session during which we intend to focus on the themes of
Museums (memory + creativity) = social change and The Role of Urban Revitalisation in
Generating Social Capital. Both relate to CAMOC's other joint projects: "Insight Favela - Museum
of the Favela" and "Live from Rio: Revitalisation as an Engine of Growth". Then a joint session -
2.2 CAMOC and ICLM 13-14 August
CITY TEXTureS: reflecting the city in literature and museums
Confêrencia do CAMOC. as TEXTuras da CIDADE: a cidade na literature e no museu
The theme has been chosen in conjunction with ICLM, ICOM's international committee for
Literary Museums. Both committees will be looking for proposals for papers, presentations and
workshops that deal with the relationship between writers and the city. We will have joint
events at the ICOM conference venue and at the Rio Botanic Gardens.
2.3 CAMOC, MINOM and the Favela Museum 15 August
With MINOM (the Movement for a New Museology) and the Favela Museum we will be collaborating
on our joint project "Insight Favela - Museum of the Favela". This is an exciting development which
started last year. It consists of a day of observations, interviews and recordings in the Pavãozinho
Favela. There will have to be a limit on the number of participants for this day in the favela.
2.4 Municipality of Rio de Janeiro 15 August
CAMOC will collaborate with the Municipality for the project we’ve called “Live from Rio:
Revitalisation as an Engine of Growth”. The project involves a tour of the Porto Maravilha urba
regeneration site with contributions from urban architects who have developed the official plan
and from city hall representatives.
3. Chamada de trabalhos | Convocatoria de Ponencias |Требования к докладам | Call for Papers
It will be a full programme and we look forward to your papers and presentations on any of these
1. City TEXTures; 2. Museums (memory + creativity)= social change;
3. The Role of Urban Revitalisation in Generating Social Change.
We have expanded on the themes in our Call for Papers and explained what we'd like from you.
Corcovado, the pavement by Roberto Burle Marx on Copacabana, Rio Branco, the Botanic Gardens ©Ian Jones
Never been there? Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most spectacular, vivid and rewarding
cities and we aim to create a memorable conference,not least because cities are a city museum's
only artefact and Rio is an exceptional artefact by any standard.
The city is plastered with icons: Copacabana, Ipanema, Corcovado, the Botanic Gardens, the
favelas, bossa nova, Tom Jobim, Zico, the Maracanã stadium (now being prepared for the 2014
World Football Cup and the 2016 Olympics) - and best of all the people, the Cariocas.
For a spectacular view of Rio via a helicopter flight: watch?v=LgagQi7Iy1o
In 2012, Rio and its setting were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To understand why,
take the ferry across Guanabara Bay to Niterói and walk up to the contemporary art gallery by the
late Oscar Niemeyer. It's a very long walk, but at the end you are rewarded with one of the most
dramatic urban and natural landscapes on the planet. 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
At the Niterói end of the ferry terminal is Niemeyer's arts centre, now finally completed.
Rio from Niterói on the other side of Guanabara Bay ©Ian Jones
Yet, at the same time Rio is a vast working city, the headquarters Petrobras and home to a string
of Brazilian and international companies, and the second largest city in one of the world's fastest
developing economies. Rio Branco in Centro gives a flavour of this other Rio- a commercial centre,
but with Belle Epoque masterpieces scattered around like the Confeitaria Colombo in Rua Gonçalves
and the extraordinary Belle Epoque Municipal Theatre.
Each area of Rio is different and each has its own character - Centro, Zona Norte, Zona Sul, and
districts like Leblon, Barra da Tijuca, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, and the favelas. It has extremes of
wealth and poverty, but also a remarkable degree of tolerance and harmony.
Favela street art © Suay Aksoy
Rio: muitos povos, a mema lingua, todos vivendo em paz
It is almost impossible to sum up the city and its 11 million + inhabitants, but one of the best
accounts is by Roy Castro.The English edition is titled:Rio de Janeiro:Carnival under Fire (London:
Bloomsbury 2003). See also our latest Newsletter where we describe our city museum project, a
project which is being carried out in partnership with the municipality of Rio and ICOM Brazil.
Copacabana, the ultimate in city icons ©Ian Jones
We should also mention the many museum projects underway: for example,the Museu do Amanhã/
Museum of Tomorrow designed by Santiago Calatrava and the Museu da Imagem e do Som/
Museum of Image and Sound by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on Copacabana - all part of the build up
to the events of 2014 and 2016.
A favela museum to visit www.museudamare.org © Suay Aksoy
"Favelas are not always a problem. Favelas can sometimes be a solution"
Eduardo Paes Mayor of Rio
The favela museum of Pavão-Pavãozinho on the hill between Copacabana and Ipanema © Suay Aksoy
A postcript: Rio has an energetic young Mayor, Eduardo Paes who was elected in 2008. Among his
many new programmes are Morar Carioca the favela regeneration project; the Bus Rapid Transit
system, and the IBM smart cities project, Rio's nerve centre, which co-ordinates city services
from transport to weather forecasts making Rio one of the world's first "smart" cities. You can hear
his views on Rio and the city of the future on www.ted.com Click his name in the search box.
Rio rapidly modernising its transport system and it is now becoming a cycling city with a bike hire
scheme as in London and Paris. Cycling in Rio is easy- apart from the favelas it is flat. See bikerio
We will keep you posted on developments via this site and our newsletters.
Os ingredientes do Rio, sua tolerância, sua aceitação do diferente, sua vocação para o prazer e
sua abertura de mente e espírito… (Hans Donner)
Ficamos esperando por você ! So, we hope to see you in Rio.
Elections to the Executive Board
In Rio we will have a new Executive Board. We look forward to new members and if you would like
to join the Board please click on these links for nomination papers:
There is also a Russian language version at Election in Russian
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.
Our previous newsletter is at CAMOC Newsletter 2013_01 This is where you get more information about
our Rio conference and the Call for Papers.
An accout of the first meeting to launch CAMOC's city museum/urban centre project in Rio de Janeiro
is at CAMOC Newsletter 2012_04
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.
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