Alicja Knast, Director, Muzeum Śląskie (Poland) Paulina Florjanowicz, Director of the Department of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland)
Five tools to get the most out of the conference and take your first steps into Museumhood
1 - TOMORROW STARTS TODAY
What’s on the agenda for museums in 2019? 5 visions from international experts on museums of today and tomorrow. (lecture)
Opening the conference, five international museum experts share their visions of inspiring and forward-thinking definitions of the museum. These speeches present current as well as emerging trends and paradigms. They consider how the roles museums play in our societies are likely to evolve in the future and they will also evoke the challenges awaiting the museums of tomorrow. This opening lecture enables common values to emerge and those will, in turn, guide the reflexion on the transformation of museums which is at the core of WAM 2019’s programme.
A direct follow-up to the opening lecture, this session shifts the focus from conceptual visions to concrete and practical examples of best practices and their results. Through these panel discussions, we will discuss how the place and role of museums evolve right now towards a future that is sustainable, inclusive, benevolent, and ethical.
Artig.io, BadaboomBerlin, Collective Paper Aesthetics, MusOS, Museopic, Notoryou
Nubart, Oveit, TellMeArt, TravelSee, Useeum
2 - MUSEUMS FOR GOOD
This session will look at future-ready museums as agents of social, environmental, health and educational change that are already working towards changing realities and building a better tomorrow.
Today, museums can answer to the physiological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of groups and individuals. From their architecture, facilities, staff, collections and exhibitions, museums can provide basic resources such as electricity, water and warmth as well as well-being, happiness, self-awareness, and a sense of community and identity.
Museums are the new heroes of our time. Museums are a powerful tool for social and occupational integration and a source of financial autonomy, dignity, balanced social relations, and personal development. It is a laboratory for social innovation. Accountable to the communities they are embedded in, they act as service providers, offering action-oriented guidance and frameworks. By fostering platforms for exchange, participation, learning and collaborations, museums play an active role in writing new Histories.
As both public places and spaces for the public, it is inevitable for museums to become active agents of a green revolution, sharing knowledge, raising awareness and leading the way. In this global journey towards better a understanding and a deeper respect for our planet, museums play a crucial role. This begins by framing nature as common and shared heritage, raising awareness on the current state of the environment and continues with sharing best-practices and environmentally-conscious attitudes. Committed to fostering sustainability in their institutions, exhibitions and education programmes, the workforce of museums plays an important role in the struggle against climate change. Because being ethical and environmentally conscious is no longer an option, museums are agents for social ecology that encourage alternative models and attitudes to emerge, inspired by circular and sustainable economies and their practices.
3 - ENGAGING MUSEUMS, ENGAGED AUDIENCES
Simultaneous WORKSHOPS or LECTURES followed by discussion, in small groups (from 10 to 30 participants)
Evening at the Museum Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park in Chorzów with homemade food on the way to visit the site. We will all go there together by tram Please wear casual clothes and shoes on this evening as this is an outdoor event Visit their website http://muzeumgpe-chorzow.pl/en/about-the-museum/objects/
4 - ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSEUM + MUSEUMS FOR GOOD
Simultaneous WORKSHOPS or LECTURES followed by discussions, in small groups (from 10 to 30 participants), for 1 hour and a half or 3 hours.
5 - THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSEUM
One Insight: Three Illustrations: Five Key Lessons. (panel)
‘Entrepreneur’ is a word so often used today, it has begun to lose its meaning. Originally from French, “to undertake”; in the mid-1800s, John Stuart Mill defined the entrepreneur as a person who “assumes both the risk and the management of a business.” Now, an entrepreneur could be defined more broadly as someone who designs better solutions for the complexities and challenges of today and tomorrow. Informed by the insight that cultural entrepreneurship is nourished by inspirations from looking outside the parameters of our own sector, this panel will explore examples of ambitious cultural enterprise from three practitioners. We will explore their understanding of entrepreneurship and the sources of inspiration for their ideas. The panel will conclude with five key lessons that we can take forward to help our organisations achieve more entrepreneurial futures.
While the museum experience can now go from the classical contemplation to the active creation of a social museum, it is now through VR that the museum experience can be fully embodied. This panel will talk about the emotional, sensorial and even neurological impact of VR on visitors and how museums can use it to curate the museum experience again.
6 - MUSEUMHOOD
How can museums become good neighbours? A willingness to listen to local communities and the ability to stay relevant by addressing their actual needs are fundamental. By creating environments within and outside of their walls that are safe, useful and trustworthy, cultural institutions can become genuinely local public spaces.
Museums are powerful vectors of social bonding and civic engagement. They enhance the ties between individuals and communities when they become social hubs. Creating living spaces where everyone can feel free to learn, share, think or act is an essential milestone when it comes to building sustainable communities. In this panel, we want to understand how to create such ecosystems, permeable to communities and fostering openness as well as collaborations.
Instead of thinking of museums as centralized institutions towering above communities, it is time to adopt a rhizomatic perspective on museums as deeply embedded members of the community. Deeply rooted in their territoriality, shaped and defined by the local communities to which they belong to, the museums represented in this session found a way to speak the same language as their visitors and to encourage openness, and committed participation from the community. They build neighbourhood life through services designed to reinforce social networks and are constantly in search of social ties at a local level.
Museums! Take Actions Today on Environmental Change.
with the representatives of the Climate Collective (POLIN Museum / Muzeum Śląskie / We Are Museums)
Responding to the challenges posed by climate change, the Muzeum Śląskie cooperating with a curator from the POLIN Museum plans to initiate a long-term action addressed at the local community of Katowice. The presentation will outline the planned model for the project, which will connect the resources and experiences of museum professionals, artists and activists in a common action with the local community. The presentation will conclude with a proposal of manifesto “Museums for climate” developed by both the Climate Collective and representatives of Polish museums.
Zinc Rolling Mill - Museum of Metallurgy Zinc in Katowice
Find the description of the 8 routes here https://www.wearemuseums.com/wam19/learning-expeditions/
Route 2 - Give Space for Artist-critic and Thinking / Contemporary Art – a Curatorial Perspective
Route 3 - Local History / Difficult Heritage: How to create bridges between spaces, time and culture
Route 4 - ANTHROPOCENE – Turn Local Communities into Climate Champions
A project by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Muzeum Śląskie and We Are Museums.
Route 5 - Local History / Difficult Heritage: How to Talk about It and How to Engage the Community