What can culture do?

Martin Roth Symposium

22 – 23 June 2018 | Berlin

How can museums be made more transparent and connected? How can culture and design be used to build bridges between societies? How can national heritage be respected without falling into the trap of nationalist attitudes? And last but not least, how can the disobedience of objects be cherished, their ability to break out of the boundaries we place upon them and take on a life of their own?

Within a diverse programme, leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors shared ideas and future scenarios close to Martin Roth's work and convictions. The participants showcased good practice and addressed challenges, opening space for controversial views and generating new energy for international cultural policy.

Podcast: What can culture do?

Every week a new episode: Recordings of the panels - vivid discussions and interesting talks.

Episode 4: Rewriting the Museum Label, by Catherine Flood, Bill Sherman and Jennifer Sarah Boone

Is there a place of experimentation in the area of museum practice? How might the labels be amended in order to give more agency to the artists, to the curators and to the visitors? Catherine Flood, curator from the Victoria and Albert Museum and Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute London examine together with Jennifer Sarah Boone and the audience the necessity to rewrite the museum label.

 

Harriet Roth, Michelle Müntefering and Ronald Grätz (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Harriet Roth, Michelle Müntefering and Ronald Grätz (left to right);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Nick Hoffmann (V&A), Claire MacDonald and Bill Sherman (Warburg Institute), (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Nick Hoffmann (V&A), Claire MacDonald and Bill Sherman (Warburg Institute), (left to right);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Paolo Fontani (UNCESCO Brüssel, left) and Lazare Elondou (UNCESCO, New York); Photo: Paul Hahn
Paolo Fontani (UNCESCO Brüssel, left) and Lazare Elondou (UNCESCO, New York);
Photo: Paul Hahn

Koyoh Kuouh (Raw Material Company), Andreas Görgen (Auswärtiges Amt), Nikolaj Nikitin, Sonja Zekri (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Koyoh Kuouh (Raw Material Company), Andreas Görgen (Auswärtiges Amt), Nikolaj Nikitin, Sonja Zekri (left to right);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Bill Sherman, Ulrich Raulff, Michelle Hennery, desk: Michelle Müntefering; Photo: Paul Hahn
Bill Sherman, Ulrich Raulff, Michelle Hennery, desk: Michelle Müntefering;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Video message from Nick Mason (Pink Floyd); Photo: Paul Hahn
Video message from Nick Mason (Pink Floyd);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Odila Triebel, Head of Conference of ifa, and Zelfira Tregulova, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery; Photo: Paul Hahn
Odila Triebel, Head of Conference of ifa, and Zelfira Tregulova, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery; Photo: Paul Hahn
Paolo Barrata (Biennale Venezia); Photo: Paul Hahn
Paolo Barrata (Biennale Venezia);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Hama Farjadi, Mohsan Mostafavi (Harvard University), Mariët Westermann (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Andreas Görgen (Auswärtiges Amt); Photo: Paul Hahn
Hama Farjadi, Mohsan Mostafavi (Harvard University), Mariët Westermann (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Andreas Görgen (Auswärtiges Amt); Photo: Paul Hahn
Sigrid Weigel, Wayne Modest, Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Africa Museum, Zelfira Tregulova, State Tretyakov Gallery, desk: Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia, Canada (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Sigrid Weigel, Wayne Modest, Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Africa Museum, Zelfira Tregulova, State Tretyakov Gallery, desk: Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia, Canada (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, moderated by Ali Aslan; Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, moderated by Ali Aslan;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Sessions; Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Sessions;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Wayne Modest moderated by Geraldine de Bastion; Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Wayne Modest moderated by Geraldine de Bastion;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Conversations on the sidelines; Photo: Paul Hahn
Conversations on the sidelines;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Suay Aksoy, ICOM, Wim Pijbes, Foundation Dream and Do, Stefan Simon, Yale University, desk: Mariët Westermann, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Suay Aksoy, ICOM, Wim Pijbes, Foundation Dream and Do, Stefan Simon, Yale University, desk: Mariët Westermann, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Johannes Vogel, "Museum für Naturkunde" Berlin during Breakout Session, moderated by Geraldine de Bastion
Johannes Vogel, "Museum für Naturkunde" Berlin during Breakout Session, moderated by Geraldine de Bastion;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Gerhard Wolf, "Kulturhistorisches Institut" Florence, moderated by Sarah Bergh; Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Gerhard Wolf, "Kulturhistorisches Institut" Florence, moderated by Sarah Bergh;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Markus Hilgert, "Bundeskulturstiftung", moderated by Jennifer Sarah Boone; Photo: Paul Hahn
Breakout Session with Markus Hilgert, "Bundeskulturstiftung", moderated by Jennifer Sarah Boone;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Nico Daswani, World Economic Forum, Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Catherine Flood, V&A, desk: Mateo Kries, Vitra Design Museum; Photo: Paul Hahn
Nico Daswani, WEF, Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Catherine Flood, V&A, desk: Mateo Kries, Vitra Design Museum; Photo: Paul Hahn
J.M. (Jonathan) Ledgard; Photo: Paul Hahn
J.M. (Jonathan) Ledgard;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Tim Reeve, V&A; Photo: Paul Hahn
Tim Reeve, V&A;
Photo: Paul Hahn
MA Yansong, MAD architects, Koyo Kuoh, Raw Material Company, Tim Reeve, Victoria and Albert Museum, desk: HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia; Photo: Paul Hahn
MA Yansong, MAD architects, Koyo Kuoh, Raw Material Company, Tim Reeve, V&A Museum, desk: HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums; Photo: Paul Hahn
Claire McDonald, Bill Sherman, Odila Triebel and Zelfira Tregulova (v.l.n.r); Foto: Paul Hahn
Claire McDonald, Bill Sherman, Odila Triebel and Zelfira Tregulova (v.l.n.r);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Zhao Rong, Design Society Shekou; Photo: Paul Hahn
Zhao Rong, Design Society Shekou;
Photo: Paul Hahn
Ali Aslan and David Chipperfield (left to right); Photo: Paul Hahn
Ali Aslan and David Chipperfield (left to right);
Photo: Paul Hahn
Wrap up with Sonja Zekri and Andreas Görgen (Federal Foreign Office); Photo: Paul Hahn
Wrap up with Sonja Zekri and Andreas Görgen (Federal Foreign Office);
Photo: Paul Hahn

Auswärtiges Amt

With generous support from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany