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Organizing culture: The art museum as site of organizational change (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

Einzeltermin | Mi, 05.04.2023, 16:00 - Mi, 05.04.2023, 18:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | online kick-off (kein Raumbedarf)
Einzeltermin | Di, 11.04.2023, 08:00 - Sa, 15.04.2023, 16:00 | extern | in Basel

Inhalt: +++ If you would like to participate please send an email to haniel_esa@leuphana.de until March 15th, 2023 (max. 1 page covering your motivation why you would like to attend the Spring Academy). You will be notified on March 17th (the online kick-off then takes place on April 5th). The maximum number of Lüneburg participants is 15. +++ This course brings together students and lecturers from the University of St.Gallen’s program in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (MOK) and Leuphana University Lüneburg’s program in Culture & Organization (C&O). Designed as an intensive 5-day-experience, the course will take place in cooperation with practice partners and research projects: It is hosted by the Kunstmuseum Basel and carried out in conjunction with maze pictures (Berlin), the »Sustaining Digital Cultures for Museums« project supported by Engagement Migros, and Leuphana University’s ‘Innovative University’ program (supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). We seek to offer free accommodation in Basel for the duration of the course. Students are expected to arrange (train) travel to Basel and back themselves. Course content Besides the university, the museum of art is one of the oldest forms to think about and effectuate the organization and representation of knowledge, its history of ideas and its repertoire of artifacts and objects. Art museums are currently undergoing an enormous shift in how they perform their own functions. These organizational changes are propelled by different developments such as broader societal shift towards an experience economy and the culturalization of urban life, new practices of audience participation and exhibition formats, debates and demands around more inclusive and decolonial ways of collecting, exhibiting and reflecting art, positioning the art museum in the spotlight of political protest and activism, and – cutting across all of these developments – the ubiquity, everydayness and agencies of digital infrastructures, information technologies and media platforms. In short, the contemporary art museum is an exemplary site of organizational change. Yet how does this change take place? How is the museum organized (differently)? On invitation by the Kunstmuseum Basel, this course will investigate the organizational challenges that museums face, and reflect upon responses and new practices of organizing. Students will have the unique opportunity to empirically engage with a leading art museum and the wider institutional landscape of organizing art and culture. As a site-specific course dedicated to fieldwork-based teaching and learning, the participants will be able to take a closer look behind the scenes, explore the museum’s processes, technologies and atmospheres of organizing, and engage with its curators, technicians, administrators, educators and managers. Joined by further guests and experts, we will jointly work towards an exhibition of the studentsʹ findings on the museum as site of organizational and cultural change. Course structure and indications of the learning and teaching design After an introduction/preparation session, the course is organized in five parts and runs over 5 days, which consist of thematic discussions, site-specific research, guest speakers, preparatory exercises and project work. Part 1 consists of exploring themes as part of the transformation of contemporary museums and forming groups around a specific theme. Part 2 consists of field work and empirical research based on the themes. In Part 3, we develop empirical findings through further literature research. Part 4 is for preparing and executing the exhibition of one theme, while Part 5 is setting up the exhibition and presenting the findings.