Peter Box is an art historian, editor, and exhibition curator, formerly of contemporary media art, now concentrating on researching and developing new ways of curating radical history and working class culture. He learned the basics of labour history (and its shortcomings) in 2010-11 at the Norwegian Labour Movement Archive. Here he dealt with photo and film archiving, exhibition curating as well as beginning to look into how working class history is represented in the international heritage discourse. Since 2009 he has travelled to over 50 places in 15 European countries to study labour and social history museums and exhibitions, only to find (again) that the most interesting initiatives are taking place outside the museum walls. Images, clips and remarks from this research are randomly published on a microblog platform with the snappy title The Shape of Past to Come.

“Working class culture is the culture of community and solidarity. It’s the opposite of the bourgeois culture of individualism. It’s a culture focused on raising the intellectual level of many, rather than one.”

– Gunnar Gregersen

 

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