Participatory practices: inclusion, dialogue and trust in museums and academia

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Joint keynote with Helen Weinstein (Founding Director of IPUP, UK, and historyworkstv) for the 'We Curate – Kick off seminar' in Venice on June 1, 2013.

Joint keynote with Helen Weinstein (Founding Director of IPUP, UK, and historyworkstv) for the 'We Curate – Kick off seminar' in Venice on June 1, 2013.

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  • Keynote for the We Curate event http://www.wecurate.org/ at Signum Foundation Palazzo Donà, Campo San Polo, Venezia on Participatory practices: inclusion, dialogue and trust in museums and academia
  • FREE DERRY MUSEUM= EG OF COMMUNITY CURATION: WHERE THE MUSEUMS IN NORTHERN IRELAND PROBLEMATIC AND CURATION TOO SAFE OR PERCEIVED TO BE TAKING SIDES= SO THE FREE DERRY MUSEUM HAS BEEN CO-CURATED FROM THE START, SOURCING OBJECTS AND STORIES FROM THE DOMESTIC, SHOWING AND SHARING THE IMPACT OF THE TROUBLES ON FAMILY LIFE...= TAKE TROUBLES POSTER HERE: CONTENT IS POLITICAL AND CHALLENGING AND CONTESTED BUT OFFERS TALKING POINTS...http://www.museumoffreederry.org/history.html
  • HERITAGE & MUSEUM SITES LEARNING TOO HOW TO LISTEN TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND CHANGE THE POWER STRUCTURES OF THEIR CURATORIAL PRACTICE= BEAMISH HAD BEEN KNOWN FOR NOSTALGIC ATTITUDE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PAST= IT IS A "LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM" WITH COSTUMED REENACTORS PEOPLING THE ATTRACTIONS= YET IN NORTHERN ENGLAND BEAMISH IS INFACT ADJACENT TO COAL AND STEEL INDUSTRIES= DEPRIVATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT HAVE BEEN ACCUTE SINCE THATCHER YEARS= THIS IS A CONTESTED PAST AND PRESENT: NOT THEREFORE APPROPRIATE TO SHOWCASE THE COAL MINING VILLAGE AND ARTEFACTS AS A NOSTALGIA: AND REALLY ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITIES AND ALLOWING EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS TO BE  CO-CURATED HAS DEVELOPED A NEW ETHOS AT BEAMISH- SO  CURATORS ARE ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE POWER RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR PUBLIC: TO BE THE FACILITATORS FOR THE BEAMISH PROGRAMME NOW THAT SO MUCH OF THE CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME IS DELIVERED VIA THEIR PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES- EG OF SILKWORTH: BEAMISH EVENT ABOUT THE COALSTRIKE AND EVICTIONS CO-CURATED BY LOCAL HISTORY GROUPShttps://es-la.facebook.com/BeamishLivingMuseum/posts/379924695366730
  • References: http://georgiamuseum.org/art/exhibitions/on-view/deaccessioning-bernard-smolhttp://hyperallergic.com/72127/georgia-museum-of-art-crowdsources-a-deaccession-decision/http://gmoa.blogspot.com/2013/05/deaccessioning-bernard-smol.html
  • Spock, Daniel. “Museum Authority up for Grabs: The Latest Thing, or Following a Long Trend Line?” Exhibitionist no. Fall (2009): 6–10.
  • Keynote for the We Curate event http://www.wecurate.org/ at Signum Foundation Palazzo Donà, Campo San Polo, Venezia on Participatory practices: inclusion, dialogue and trust in museums and academia

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  • 1. Participatory practices: inclusion,dialogue and trust in museums andacademiaMia Ridgehttp://miaridge.com/ http://openobjects.org.uk/ @mia_outHelen Weinstein historyworks@gmail.comhttp://historyworks.tv/ @historyworkstvWe Curate, Venice, 1 June 2013
  • 2. ‘Here be dragons’• The landscape• From knowledgetransfer to knowledgeexchange• Learning to let go• Challenging ‘curatorialpractice’• Some provocations
  • 3. The landscape
  • 4. From ‘knowledge transfer’ to‘knowledge exchange’
  • 5. Etty in York
  • 6. Learning to let go: true collaborationand engagement
  • 7. Interdisciplinary outputs
  • 8. Free Derry
  • 9. Contested histories
  • 10. Beamish: from nostalgia to contested pasts
  • 11. Challenging ‘curatorial practice’
  • 12. Queering the museum
  • 13. Crowdsourcing deaccessions
  • 14. Provocations‘...If you invite people to really participate in themaking of a museum, the process must changethe museum.’Daniel Spock (2009)
  • 15. Provocations• Museums and...– The digital divide– Climate change and food security– 3D printers in homes– Globalism and localism– On-going financial crises– State eavesdropping and censorship– Fundamentalist religions; secularism• What are museums for in 2013?
  • 16. Participatory practices: inclusion,dialogue and trust in museums andacademiaMia Ridgehttp://miaridge.com/ http://openobjects.org.uk/ @mia_outHelen Weinstein historyworks@gmail.comhttp://historyworks.tv/ @historyworkstvWe Curate, Venice, 1 June 2013