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2018.03.29 Seoul

Symposium, “What Do Museums Research”

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MMCA Research Project 1
Symposium, “What Do Museums Research”
7–8 April, 2018


"What Do Museums Research" is organized as an endeavor to examine the various practices of the contemporary museum and to chart the course of its future. Inasmuch as art is a product of the real world, the complexities of contemporary society stretch their demands even toward the museum, asking for diverse methodologies and engagement. Such topographical shifts, in turn, expanded what it means to curate. Now, curatorial studies have come to encompass all practices that produce and exchange discourses mediated with art. This phenomenon is also directly responsible for the increasing importance of research in contemporary art. The Symposium seeks to understand how the museum will find its balance amidst the various axes of theory and practice, sense and thought, visual art and language, technology and the analogue. The program consists of a symposium and talks over the span of two days.


The symposium, on the first day is in three sessions. The first session takes “What is Research at a Museum?” as its subject, discussing the expansion of the context and function of different nodes of research within the museum. The second session, “From Attitude to Practice,” discusses the background, process and significance behind the various attempts taken by museums at taking a new turn within a shifting world. The discussion is designed to share certain practices and awareness that could contribute to social research, survey the fruits and significance of projects such as ‘archive projects’ and ‘art publication,’ and examine the relationship between the museum and realpolitik that have made way for radical socio-cultural discussions. The third session, “Curating, Today and Tomorrow” looks into another possibility for the museum of tomorrow, examining the environment surrounding curating, and tracing the trajectory of its flow. It will examine how to break new ground in curating, one that breaks away from the readymade molds of exhibitions, and also discuss what role is required of the curator in light of the new phase in the on/offline culture that the museum faces along with technological development.


On the second day, both directors of Tate and MMCA will talk on the role of today’s museum and its future prospects. Building upon basis of the discussions from the first day, the talk is sure to facilitate a comprehensive yet concrete attempt at tracing the whereabouts of the Art museums


▣ Outline 
 • Title What Do Museums Research
 • Dates: April 7 (Sat.)─8 (Sun.), 2018 (two days)
 • Venue: MMCA Seoul, Multi Project Hall (B1)


▣ Programs (tentative)
7 April

10:40–11:50
James Elkins
“What is Research at a Museum?”

13:00-15:20
Paola Antonelli
“Museums as the R&D Departments of Society: a Curatorial Path to Good Citizenry”
Beck Jee-sook
“What don't Museums Research: A Survey Through One Opening
Margriet Schavemaker
“Museum Research and the Politics of Inclusivity”

15:40-17:30
Paul O’Neill
“Exhibitions as Curatorial Readymade forms of Escape”
Victoria Walsh
“Situated Research: Curating, Technology and the Future”


8 April
15:00-16:15
Maria Balshaw
Bartomeu Marí

“Museums of the Future”


▣ Advance Reservations
• Participants: Adults over the age of 20 including culture and art professionals, students, and general public
• Entry fee: Free (Participants will be admitted after confirming their names on the reservation list at the 1st floor lobby)
• How to make reservations:
   - Online Registration : The application is closed early due to your enthusiastic participation.

   - If you are a group, please send applications separately.

   - Participants will be admitted after checking with the reservation list on the first floor lobby 1 hour before the event.


▣ Notes
• The admission process must be completed 10 minutes before the event begins. People on the waiting list will have the priority to enter the hall if you are not present on time
• If any seats are available, you may register on-site 10 minutes before the event begins.
• Applications may close earlier than scheduled.
• Parking: Assistance with parking fees will not be offered.


▣ Inquiries   
MMCA What Do Museums Research Symposium Secretariat
mmcasymposium@chrisnp.co.kr