- Digital Formats
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) will present, in co-operation with re:publica, the second Martin Roth Symposium as a digital-analogue Theme Week from 7 to 11 September 2020 both online as well as locally at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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.
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.