Matthias Bickert Tag

Matthias Bickert on different attitudes toward cultural heritage.
Workshop at the University and new research assistants
[caption id="attachment_3063" align="aligncenter" width="440"]Matthias Bickert on different attitudes toward cultural heritage. Matthias Bickert on different attitudes toward cultural heritage.[/caption] Today Matthias invited Vincent to give a guest presentation at the University of Tirana, MSc Geography program in a class on cultural landscapes. After a thorough introduction to the development of the concept of cultural landscape, different attitudes and theoretical stances toward it, and practical examples from the Albanian context, where cultural landscape policy still very much needs to be thought through and developed, Vincent introduced the Albanian Lapidar Survey from his practice as artist working in the field of monumentality, and public artworks such as lapidars as a locus of intervention and research. He also introduces the details of the research methodology and different field work strategies involved.
We found it: the Institute for Military Geography in Tufinë!
Looking for military maps
[caption id="attachment_3051" align="aligncenter" width="440"]We found it: the Institute for Military Geography in Tufinë! We found it: the Institute for Military Geography in Tufinë![/caption] One of the most important ingredients for successful field work is good maps. The maps of Albania currently available on the market  contain gross inaccuracies and don't have the right scale to display all the dusty backroads that Google Maps and Wikimapia seem to indicate. The only publicly available maps with some detail are the 1:50,000 Soviet Topographical Maps, downloadable on Bunker Trails. The downside of these maps is that they are based on Italian data from the 1930s and are in Russian. It therefore contains few roads built during communism and you need to be able to read the Cyrillic transliteration of Albanian in order to make sense of them.