Digital Heritage 2013 will take place at Marseille’s architecturally stunning new waterfront museum complex (the restored Fort Saint-Jean and adjoining new MuCEM and La Villa Méditerranée), between 28 October and 1 November 2013.
MARSEILLE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2013
The second largest city in France after Paris and the oldest city in the country (it was founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea), Marseille is now the European Capital of Culture 2013 and therefore becoming a meeting point for culture, politics and economy.
During the whole year, the region hosts over 400 cultural events, bringing together the top artists in Europe and the Mediterranean. Exhibitions, spectacles, concerts, parades, festivals, food tastings and more are hosted to represent culture in all its different forms. Overall, the aim is to highlight young talented artists from Europe and the Mediterranean.
Not only will Marseille-Provence 2013 host an exceptional program of artistic and cultural events, it is also a regional transformation that sees the openings of new cultural institutions and new architectural design projects. Nearly 60 different spaces dedicated to culture are either creating or renovating, including museums, concert spaces, exhibitions, and artists’ workshops. In Marseille, the entire seafront undergoes a complete cultural transformation, while the port welcomes more cruise ships
To establish its “Top 46 places to be” for this 2013 year, the prestigious newspaper The New York Times relied on the various events taking place throughout the world. In this sense, Marseille, with its status of European Capital of Culture in 2013, ranked an impressive high position: the phocaean city occupies the second place, right after Rio de Janeiro .
However, Marseille-Provence 2013 is not only Marseille. The European Capital of Culture 2013 unites also the Roman ruins of Arles, the medieval buildings of Salon-de-Provence, the industrial zones of Istres and Martigues, the cultural centre of Aix-en-Provence, the clay sector of Aubagne and, of course, the Greek heritage of Marseille.
As a participant of the Congress, you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy this explosion of culture, ancient as contemporary!
NEW WATERFRONT MUSEUM COMPLEX
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1. VILLA MÉDITERRANÉE
International center for the dialogue and exchanges in the Mediterranean
AUDITORIUM – 400 seats
2 WORK ROOMS – 100 seats
AGORA – Stands
PLATEAU – Exhibition
The Villa Méditerranée (previously known as CEREM) is the international centre for the dialogue and exchanges in the Mediterranean, created by the local council Conseil Régional de Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
La Villa is situated on the former port terminal called the J4, alongside MuCEM. This exceptional reversed L-shaped building with spaces both above and under the sea, designed by Milanese architect and professor of urban planning Stefano Boeri, disposes work and meeting rooms, exhibition spaces as well as an amphitheater.
This building, with the support of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, aims to encourage cooperation in the Mediterranean while raising awareness of issues that affect this area – currently and in the future. Aerial and underwater exhibition areas feature a diverse program of events (including debates, performances, film screenings and concerts). Villa Méditerranée hosts cultural events, research and documentation spaces on the Mediterranean and becomes Marseille’s centre for the revival of cultural and political relationships between the Mediterranean’s different shores and cities of Europe, North Africa and Middle East.
« Villa Méditerranée is a place of thought and research that physically embraces the sea » says Stefano Boeri, « a place where the city can welcome the currents of thought and life that cross the Mediterranean ».
Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean
AUDITORIUM – 313 seats
ROOM VIP – 50 seats
The Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) (French : Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum located in Marseille, France. It is opened since June 7th 2013, Marseille’s year as European Capital of Culture.
The museum is dedicated to the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, from international and research-originated collections oriented towards a transdisciplinary approach to societies as a whole, and in the thickness of the time.
Strategically located between the historic Vieux Port and the new Joliette urban district, the museum occupies a part on the site of the 17th-century Fort Saint-Jean and a former port terminal called the J4. A basin lies between the new building on the J4 and the Fort Saint-Jean, the two sites are connected by a 130 meters long thin bridge while another bridge now connects the Fort Saint-Jean to the Esplanade de la Tourette, in the historical district of Le Panier.
The new building « of stone, water and wind » was designed by Algerian-born architect Rudy Ricciotti (associated with Roland Carta). It consists in a cube of 15,000 square meters with collections on two levels, an auditorium of 400 seats, a bookshop and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace headed by the chef of Le Petit Nice, Gerald Passedat.
According to British national daily newspaper « The Guardian », « the MuCEM is set out to transform the city » and « to be the grandest and most dazzling » museum in Marseille.
3. FORT SAINT JEAN
Mediterranean Institute for Heritage
4 WORK ROOMS – 110 seats
Fort Saint-Jean is a military complex that is a true part of the history of Marseille.
While its foundations date back to the late 12th century, the fort itself dates back to the 17th century, when it was built on the site of the former Commandry of Saint John of Jerusalem, when Louis XIV decided to strengthen the city’s defences. The fort maintained a strong military role for over three centuries. Serving as a German ammunition depot during the war, it was severely damaged by an accidental explosion in 1944. It was made a historical monument in 1964 and placed under the surveillance of the French Ministry of Culture. The DRASSM (Department of underwater archaeological research) was housed there from 1970 to 2005.
Since 2013 it is linked by two thin bridges to the historical district Le Panier and to the first French national museum outside Paris: the MuCEM.
At the entrance of the Port of Marseille, looming above the J4 pier, Fort Saint-Jean is now an exhibition space for permanent collections. It also hosts temporary exhibitions, while offering the visitor a stroll through a Mediterranean garden. Fort Saint-Jean represents a meeting point between the city and the museum, between history and its contemporary setting.
The fort is connected to the new J4 by a 115 meters-long footbridge; a second footbridge, 70 metres in length, has been built between the port and the front of the Eglise Saint-Laurent in the Panier district, thus ensuring continuity in the urban route between the oldest part of the city and the new cultural facilities on the Boulevard du Littoral. Nearly 1200m² of exhibition space have been created, primarily to present the pieces of the MuCEM collection which will be showcased in the Chapelle Saint-Jean. The project mainly consists of the restoration of old buildings, streamlined access, and installation and upgrading of equipment.