MUSEUM AS ACTIVATOR: Strategies for Public Space and Access

from: 14.09.2017   to: 15.09.2017

Conference – MUSEUM AS ACTIVATOR: Strategies for Public Space and Access

Accessibility to Culture and Cultural Resources within “Storytelling Circles: A format for sharing knowledge” by FORMATIONS

September 14th & 15th 2017

Location: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

SomoS’ director Paulus Fugers will participate as an invited respondent at the panel discussion on Accessibility to Culture and Cultural Resources within “Storytelling Circles: A format for sharing knowledge” at the Museum as Activator Conference organized by the Australia now Germany organization.

The sessions will be conducted in English and attendance is free, but advance registration is requested by e-mailing reply@ancb.de.


Background Information:

The last thirty years have seen an unparalleled rise of new museum buildings all over the world with many more being planned right now. There is a notably increasing tendency in Germany and Australia for museums to transform the cultural context, and both countries face a need for strategies to address ownership as well as social and cultural integration in the city and the peripheries. The two-day symposium at ANCB will enable a broader dialogue to include cultural experts, city planners, architects, artists and curators to focus on the different strategies to extract general valid parameters and local adaptation factors.

The first panel on Thursday, 14 Sept. will focus on The Museum of the 21st Century as Activation Strategy for Public Space as these are increasingly understood in both nations as powerful instruments and activators of urban development. On 15 Sept., we will experiment with Accessibility to Culture And Cultural Resources for the public and how we tell stories today. Germany and Australia both need to re-invent and implement their own specific narratives to respond to their history, cultural identity and an increasingly mobile and international public.

Australia Now is a long-standing initiative of the Australian Government to showcase the creative excellence, diversity, and innovation of Australian life in one focus country each year. In 2017, Germany is the host country for Australia now.


Programm

THURSDAY, 14 September 2017, 6.30-8.45pm: The Museum of the 21st Century as Activation Strategy for Public Space

Welcome
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratoy, Berlin
Margalit Levin, Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Berlin
Torsten Wöhlert, Permanent Secretary for Culture, Berlin

Introduction
Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin

Presentations
Dolla Merrillees, Director,The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
Lisa Havilah, Director, Carriage Works, Sydney
Mark Loughnan, Head of Design, HASSEL, Melbourne
Rob Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne

Podium Discussion
Torsten Wöhlert, Permanent Secretary for Culture, Berlin
Paul Spies, Director, Stadtmuseum Berlin
Dolla Merrillees, Director The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
Rob Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne

Invited Peers
Katja Aßmann, Director, ZKR (Centre for Art and Public Space) Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin
Volker Staab, Director Staab Architects, Berlin

Moderator: Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin


FRIDAY, 15 September 2017, 3.00-5.30pm: Accessibility to Culture and Cultural Resources within “Storytelling Circles: A format for sharing knowledge” by FORMATIONS

Introduced by
Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin
Alex Martinis Roe and Melanie Sehgal, FORMATIONS, Berlin

Contributors
Caroline Vains, Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT, Melbourne
Natalie King, Curator of Tracey Moffatt at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017, Melbourne
Anne Loxley, C3West curator MCA, Sydney
Nonda Katsalidis, Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Melbourne

Respondents
Claudia Perren, Director, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dessau
Bernd Scherer, Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Brook Andrew, Artist, Sydney/Berlin
Rachel Rits-Volloch, Visiting Professor, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar / Director, Momentum Gallery, Sydney/Berlin
Paulus Fugers, Director and Founder of SomoS Berlin


In collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and supported by the Australian Government as part of the cultural initiative Australia now Germany 2017

More information at the Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory website