De-Colonizing Art Institutions
• 20–21 June 2017, Kunstmuseum Basel
The globally active art world nowadays cultivates an exchange that transcends the boundaries between cultures and continents through so-called global museums or globally operating art biennials and festivals, at least for a certain audience able to travel around the globe. Yet, this should not blind us to the fact that in the end a certain perspective of the Western history of art and culture claims primacy over global contemporary art and especially its market. Museums and art institutions all over the world therefore tend to have a uniform appearance. In format and content alike, they cater to and follow “Western” examples. The question thus arises of how art institutions and museums could work di erently by not taking a supposed, globally prevalent “guiding” culture as their orientation but instead continuing to search for new formats. How can an art institution be conceived? What might a de-colonized institution challenge? Art institutions, fairs and museums in “Western” countries are likewise being called upon to reconsider their ways of addressing their public, and not solely because in the face of the diverse migration movements, cultural processes are in a constant state of change, as G. Spivak pointedly observed. Culture as such is something that exists in a constant movement, in the merging di erent formats, contents, messages and heritages.
Speakers: Sabih Ahmed (Asia Art Archive), Jeebesh Bagchi (Raqs Media Collective), Binna Choi (Casco), Eyal Danon (Holon Digital Art Archive), Catherine David (Centre Pompidou), Kadiatou Diallo (SPARCK), Khwezi Gule (Soweto Museums Johannesburg), Rohit Jain (ISEK, Uni Zürich), Shwetal A. Patel (Kochi-Muziris Biennale), Dorothee Richter (Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK), Peter Weibel, (ZKM, Centre for Art and Media)
Concept: Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb
Admission: 8.– CHF / day
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