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.

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

    1. 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. 2. ‘Here be dragons’• The landscape• From knowledgetransfer to knowledgeexchange• Learning to let go• Challenging ‘curatorialpractice’• Some provocations
    3. 3. The landscape
    4. 4. From ‘knowledge transfer’ to‘knowledge exchange’
    5. 5. Etty in York
    6. 6. Learning to let go: true collaborationand engagement
    7. 7. Interdisciplinary outputs
    8. 8. Free Derry
    9. 9. Contested histories
    10. 10. Beamish: from nostalgia to contested pasts
    11. 11. Challenging ‘curatorial practice’
    12. 12. Queering the museum
    13. 13. Crowdsourcing deaccessions
    14. 14. Provocations‘...If you invite people to really participate in themaking of a museum, the process must changethe museum.’Daniel Spock (2009)
    15. 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. 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

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