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sábado, 30 de abril de 2022

The Landscapes, Cultures and Heritage Values of Abandoned Mining Sites


Autores: Cano Sanchiz, J. M.; Wang, D.
Revista: Landscape Architecture
Número: 29.4
Año: 2022
Páginas: 67-76

Corta Atalaya (Huelva, Spain), once the largest open-pit exploitation in Europe (Figure 1)

ABSTRACT:  Mining is one of the oldest human activities and, together with the associated production of metals, it has often been considered a major agent of civilisation and national development. As a global activity, the footprints of the extractive industry are to be found everywhere in the world, especially as abandoned mining sites. In this article, we understand the mining landscape in a double sense. On one hand, as a material document that can inform us about the mining culture and its evolution. On the other hand, as a complex multi-temporal site shaped jointly by nature and humans. Based on this double perception, this paper has two aims. 1) To read the landscape as a palimpsest that can show how mining activities and the remains of the mining past shape human groups and cultures. 2) To critically discuss the features and values of these landscapes as heritage in service of the contemporary society. In doing so, we combine perspectives of archaeology, ethnography and industrial heritage studies to consider several examples from different types (metallic and non-metallic mining, underground and open-pit mining), chronologies (ancient, modern and contemporary) and geographies (almost every continent in the globe). Our main conclusion is that, despite the singularities of each case, it is possible to define the landscapes of abandoned mining operations and its specific cultures as territories of globalisation that embody a series of heritage values, such as ecological, theoretical, technological, economic, historical, pedagogical, aesthetic, social and human ones. 
KEYWORDS: Industrial heritage; mining landscape; mining culture; mining heritage; globalisation.


AIA goes international

Artículo breve

Autor: Cano Sanchiz, J. M.
Revista: Industrial Archaeology News
Número: 200
Año: 2022
Página: 12


domingo, 20 de marzo de 2022

2nd East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology - the new generation


After the motivating results achieved by the 1st East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: introducing the archaeology of the industrial society in 2021, we are now launching a second edition focused on the work of young people in academic and professional industrial archaeology. 


The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. In order to broaden perspectives, this edition also includes Brazil and the Global South in the conversations.


The activity is organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), and the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board.



Zoom (online meeting).



21 May, Saturday.

06.30-08.30 (Brasilia time) / 10.30-12.30 (London and Lisbon time) / 17.30-19.30 (Beijing time).



- Yuchen Wang (University of Science and Technology Beijing)

"Electronic industry heritage: the example of the Chinese display industry"


- Otis Gilbert (Wessex Archaeology)

"Digging industrial Britain: two case studies from Sheffield and Normanton"


- Mário Bruno Pastor (Portuguese Catholic University)

"The Millano’s woollen mills in Portugal: an archaeology of absence"


- Tiago Silva Alves Muniz (Federal University of Pará)

"Rubber industrial complex and entanglements at Brazilian Amazon"



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miércoles, 12 de enero de 2022

Spaces and roles of contemporary art in industrial and technological ruins


Autor: Cano Sanchiz, J. M.

Revista: Arte, Individuo y Sociedad

Número: 34.1

Año: 2022

Páginas: 85-107

Chinese creative hubs in former industrial estates (Figure 4)

RESUMEN: Este artículo propone algunas contribuciones potenciales del arte contemporáneo a los debates sobre patrimonio industrial y tecnológico. El trabajo analiza las relaciones entre arte, ruinas industriales, basura tecnológica, patrimonio y sociedad en perspectiva arqueológica, aunque este punto de vista es comparado y completado con aquellos del arte y la historia del arte. En primer lugar, el texto expone cómo los sitios industriales y los artefactos tecnológicos del pasado reciente son transformados por/para los artistas. Para tal, ofrece una tipología básica y preliminar de relaciones entre arte y obsolescencia ilustrada con casos de Europa, Asia y las Américas. Se presentan cuatro tipos diferentes de intervenciones: la conversión de edificios industriales abandonados en galerías y museos de arte; la transformación de parques industriales/tecnológicos obsoletos en centros de creación; la intervención de artistas en ruinas industriales; y el reciclado creativo de basura tecnológica. En segundo lugar, el texto infiere a partir de los ejemplos ofrecidos en la tipología tres posibles funciones del arte en relación con el patrimonio: revelación/adición de valor; mediación entre el público y los patrimonios oscuros; y reconocimiento en las historias de la tecnología y de la industria. Finalmente, el artículo defiende el papel del arte en la construcción del patrimonio industrial y tecnológico, así como en su reconexión con la sociedad.

PALABRAS CLAVE: Espacios artísticos; arte supra-reciclado; patrimonio industrial; reutilización.


ABSTRACT:  This article proposes some potential contributions of contemporary art to industrial and technological heritage discussions. The paper analyses the relationships between art, industrial ruins, technological trash, heritage and society from an archaeological perspective, and this viewpoint is compared to and complemented with those of art and art history. First, the text examines how industrial sites and technological artefacts from the recent past are transformed for/by the artists. In doing so, it offers a preliminary basic typology of art-obsolescence interactions, illustrated with cases from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Four major kinds of interactions are introduced: the conversion of abandoned industrial buildings into art galleries and museums; the transformation of larger obsolete industrial/ technological areas into creative hubs; the intervention of artists in industrial ruins; and the creative recycling of technological waste. Second, the text infers from the examples provided in the typology three possible functions of art regarding heritage: revelation/addition of value; mediation between the public and dark heritages; and recognition in technological and industrial history. Finally, the paper defends the role of art in the making of industrial and technological heritages, as well as in reconnecting them to society. 

KEYWORDS: Art spaces; upcycling art; industrial heritage; adaptive reuse. 


domingo, 26 de diciembre de 2021

miércoles, 6 de octubre de 2021

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Universidad: Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brasil) [online]
Fecha: 14 de mayo de 2020

Ponencia:A imagem do trem na China: museus, tecnologia e narrativas de progresso”
Conferencia: V Congresso Internacional de História e Patrimônio Ferroviário & IV Jornada de Jovens Pesquisadores em História e Patrimônio Ferroviário “Os legados para nosso futuro”
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Lugar de celebración: Campinas, Brasil (online)
Fecha: 10 de septiembre de 2020

Conferencia:Art + rust. The roles and spaces of contemporary art in the ruins of industry and technology
Organización: Lunch Lectures, Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology
Lugar de celebración: School of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Pekín (China)
Fecha: 30 de diciembre de 2020

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Conferencia: 1st East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: Introducing the Archaeology of the Industrial Society
Organización: Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB) & Association for Industrial + Young Members Board
Lugar de celebración: online 
Fecha: 8 de mayo de 2021

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ConferenciaThe 11th Chinese Academic Forum of Industrial Heritage
Organización: Industrial Architecture Heritage Academic Committee of ASC
Lugar de celebración: Hohhot (China)
Fecha: 22 de mayo de 2021

Conferencia: “Mining sites: landscapes, cultures and heritage values”
Organización: Lunch Lectures, Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology
Lugar de celebración: School of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Pekín (China)
Fecha: 21 de julio de 2021

Comunicación: East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology series
Congreso: 2021 Association for Industrial Archaeology Annual Conference
Organización: Association for Industrial Archaeology & Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society
Lugar de celebración: Zoom (online)
Fecha: 18 de septiembre de 2021

Comunicación: “The heritage values of mining sites. A critical approach based on materiality”
Congreso: International Conference “Industrial Heritage – Conservation, Cultural Promotion and Intelligent Reuse” (5th Edition)
OrganizaciónProfessional Association of Romanian Geographers
Lugar de celebración: online
Fecha: 23 de septiembre de 2021