chapter  8
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Terra Cognita, Down and Under, Living Stones and the Sound of Stones: Refl ections on Four Exhibitions

Only one year after the United Nations Educational, Scientifi c and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted (2003), “Museums and Intangible Heritage” was the theme for the General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), 2004, in Seoul, Korea. In its program announcement, a new challenge for the museums community was raised:

Living in the realm of natural and social environments, people create both tangible and intangible heritage formations that express the continuity of life in all its diversity. It is widely acknowledged that museologists across the world have so far paid great attention to collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting and exchanging tangible objects, both cultural and natural, in establishing museums as places for research, community development, heritage interpretation and public education.