Minett Stories - Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age
Remixing Industrial PastsDeze inhoud is helaas niet in het Nederlands beschikbaar.
The central theme of the Remixing Industrial Pasts exhibition is the continuous process of transformation in the Minett region from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Although once an industrial heartland, the Minett was also a complex urban society with visible hierarchies, characterised by a real social mix in its towns and cities that demonstrated the ability to live together despite social and national divides.
In the Massenoire exhibition hall, which has been turned into a sort of time machine, the audiovisual narration unfolds around three main themes: industry, people and landscape. These three axes intersect, alternate and combine, creating a “remix” of images and voices that attempts to reinstate the complexity of Minett identities. Through visuals representing macro perspectives and audio material presenting micro stories, the whole experience aims to raise questions about the complex issue of identity construction in southern Luxembourg.
Based on the juxtaposition and combination of contrasting perspectives, the exhibition leads visitors on an exploration of the history of the Minett region, providing insights into the various issues that have shaped identities: from industrial production to environmental and urban developments; from a thriving industrial society to an awareness of health and social issues; from a dominant institutional representation to the need for self-representation through the medium of social photography; from public and private spaces designed around industry to a gradual change in the role of people in society and a continuous adaptation of the image and structure of urban spaces; and finally, from the construction of national borders – closed and controlled but permeable – to the idea of an open border, but one which in reality functions as a socio-economic barrier.