Publicació

 The Constituent Museum

The Constituent Museum. Constellations of Knowledge, Politics and Mediation

2018

Informació tècnica

Assaig
384 p.
24.5 cm x 17.5 cm cm.
31,50 €
Editorial: Valiz amb L'internationale, 2018 | Amb el suport de Liverpool John Moores University, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, L'Internationale, KASK School of Arts, Gent, European Union, Culture Programme

ISBN

Eng.
978-94-92095-42-8

The Constituent Museum. Constellations of Knowledge, Politics and Mediation

What would happen if museums put relationships at the centre of their operations? This question inspires this publication, which offers a diverse, rigorous, and experimental analysis of what is commonly known as education, mediation or interpretation within museum institutions. It regards the visitor not as a passive receiver of predefined content, but as an active member of a constituent body, whom it facilitates, provokes, inspires and learns from. Moving beyond the practice of mediation as such, the publication situates constituent practices of collaboration and co-production within the existing social-political (neoliberal) context. It does this to reimagine and affect both the physical and organizational structures of museums and galleries.

As a composition of new commissions and case-studies, The Constituent Museum draws from the diverse experiences of the institutions that together form the museum confederation L’Internationale, and the partners with whom it has collaborated during the five-year programme ‘The Uses of Art: The Legacy of 1848 and 1989’. Central to the development of ‘The Uses of Art’ project was the instigation of a ‘Mediation Task Force’ that began to explore and address some of the key issues surrounding the evolution of relationships between museums and their publics.

This publication attempts to redefine the role and significance of the museum: as a collaborative project between audience, artist and museum workers. It frames the museum as an important part of community where activism, its histories, visual and intellectual thinking are gathered and questioned.

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