'What would happen if museums put relationships at the centre of their operations? This question inspires this publication, which offers diverse, viogorous, and experimental analysis of what is commonly known as education, mediation or interpretation within museum institutions. It regards the visitor not as a passive receiver of predefined content but as an active member of a constituent body, whom it facilitates, provokes, inspires and learns from. Moving beyond the practice of mediation as such, the publication situates constituent practices of collaboration and co-production within the existing social-political (neo-liberal) context. It does this to reimagine and affect both the physical and organizational structures of museums and galleries.
Issues that are addressed: ownership and power dynamics, collective pedagogy, pedagogy of encounter, collaboration, assent, dissent and consent, co-labour and co-curation (economies of exchange), precarity, and working with interns, archives and how to activate them, broadcasting, digital cultivation, crowdsourcing, and many other topics.' - excerpt from back cover
This publication is part of the programme 'The Uses of Art: The Legacy of 1848 and 1989', developed by L'Internationale, a confederation of six European modern and contemporary art institutions and partners.
Contributors include Burak Arikan, James Beighton, Manuel Borja-Villel, Sara Buraya, Jesús Carrillo, Carmen Esbrí, Oriol Fontdevila, Amy Franceschini, Janna Graham, Nav Haq, Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, Emily Hesse, John Hill, Alistair Hudson, Adelita Husni-Bey, Kristine Khouri, Nora Landkammer, Maria Lind, Isabell Lorey, Francis McKee, Paula Moliner, Manuela Pedrón Nicolau, Elliot Perkins and others.