- Digital Formats
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) will present, in co-operation with re:publica, the second Martin Roth Symposium as a digital Theme Week from 7 to 11 September 2020, kindly supported by Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and funded by Germany's Federal Foreign Office.
Museums offer public spaces for encounters between people and ideas. If cultural products belong to the whole of humankind and if participation and inclusion are the means of lively communities, how might the museums of the future be built as spaces of polyphonic and critical dialogues under globalised conditions? How can these dialogues refer to our pasts and futures? How might they serve cultural democracy for all, while challenged by increasing anti-liberal tensions worldwide. And is it even possible to see the museum in a radically democratic light, as many artists and curators are demanding today?
This year's five-day symposium asks critical questions about the museum's future. It intends to identify innovative strategies which, from a global perspective, are needed to establish a space of democracy through architecture, analogue and virtual formats, local and international exchange, and alternative international (art) histories. Over five days, top international experts from these sectors will unpack and bring to light challenges and visions in the fields of museum and culture.
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The symposium honours and commemorates the legacy of one of Germany's most innovative museum directors and cultural policy makers: Martin Roth. Following its first issue in 2018, What can culture do?, the Martin Roth Symposium aims to biennially bring together thought leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors to share ideas and future scenarios close to Roth’s own innovative convictions.
explains why museums have to leave their position of critical distance and get involved in order to stay relevant. She sheds light on the experiences cultural institutions face under authoritarian regimes and what museums can do to fill their social spaces with life and enjoyment.
describe which concrete outcomes they would like to see from the upcoming Martin Roth Symposium, what role a "national" heritage could play in the future and how museums can influence the distribution of power in our societies.
recalls what has changed since the last Martin Roth Symposium in 2018 and what Martin Roth would call us to do to overcome the situation we are facing right now. She explores how contemporary art has been leading the way on how to become more inclusive, and what museums can learn from the digital sphere to attract their audiences.
Interviews with actors in the international museum landscape, which provide an insight into current museum practices and civil society actions of museums worldwide.