MELT: Migration in Europe and Local Tradition.

Munich » Crossing Munich

The investigative exhibition project Crossing Munich portrayed Munich as a city of immigration since 1955, the year in which Germany signed the fi rst recruitment agreement for “foreign workers” with Italy. Local as well as international scientists, academics and students of history and cultural studies conducted research into thirteen migration-related themes in Munich for a period of eighteen months, going beyond the established images and commonly encountered debate of a pluralist society and working both in the city’s archives and in the field. The ScienceLab made up part of the project’s comprehensive programme of events within the MELT sub-project Crossing Munich and was held at Villa Waldberta, hosting associated cultural scientists and artists from october to December 2008. Their grant-funded research within urban Munich addressed topics of globalisation, transnationalisation and hybridisation of European urban societies from the perspective of migration, connecting to the recent pronounced methodological/theoretical trend in debate in international historical, social and cultural studies.

These cross-border positions in science and art melted to produce a completely new perspective of migration, a view that scrutinised widespread images, opinions and policies. The unique and innovative cooperation between science and art resulted in thirteen installations, presented in the fi nal exhibition “Crossing Munich – Locations, Ideas and Discussions on Migration” at the local rathausgalerie in summer 2009.

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