The Museum of the Future 01: Alternative Visions of Tomorrow
photo: members of the Art Enthusiasts' Club visit the Gallery of Polish Painting at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, photo montage
During the meeting inaugurating this year's discursive series which we call The Museum of the Future, together with Joanna Bednarek, Diana Lelonek, Zofia nierodzińska (original spelling) and Anna Sudoł, we will try to launch a futurological speculation on the fate of art institutions and reflect on the vision of the future without museums.
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"[…] unrelenting stress and withdrawn funds do not allow us to implement the program any longer. I have discussed my worries concerning the situation with the management and our curatorial team. Together, we have decided to close the museum permanently, and to let weeds, birds and insects take over the space. Let it overgrow!", says the narrator in Diana Lelonek's film entitled "Forms of Survival". The film that will serve as the starting point for our conversation proposes a vision of what the world will look like at some point in an undefined future. It will be a world torn by crises, an uncertain world, a world on the verge of major revaluations and a change in existing paradigms. In our group of debaters, we will consider alternative scenarios of the future, both for art institutions and for a new world in which such places like museums will no longer be needed, at least not in the shape we have known so far.
* The discursive cycle The Museum of the Future accompanies the exhibition The Avant-garde Museum, which we hope you will be able to see in autumn in ms1.
THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE
Jubilee celebrations are usually about reflecting on the past, however, we are looking into the future! The 90th anniversary of the donating of the International Collection of Modern Art by the "a.r." group to the Museum that we are celebrating this year will be the starting point for talks, discussions, and speculating about what our institution will become in 10 years, on its 100th anniversary.
These considerations centre around The Avant-garde Museum, an exhibition planned for the autumn 2021 that is the outcome of many years of our studies. Although placed in a historic context, the exposition will take up surprisingly pertinent themes as it will show avant-garde thinking about institutions as spaces for experiment, art development or the production of knowledge. It will help us in seeing a museum as a social initiative whose aim is to design possible scenarios of the future. Or – at a more ad hoc level – an institutional form of self-assistance since, on the one hand, it seeks to ensure sources of financing for artists while, on the other hand, it ‘archives’ their work for future generations. Operations of institutions that lean so much into the future and can be envisaged as a result of The Avant-garde Museum exhibition are to respond to our needs here and now.
The series of talks, discussions, and lectures on The Museum of the Future puts this year's program of ms in a discursive frame. It will also create a platform for interdisciplinary dialogues on some topics important to us today, so that we can try and start building a bridge between the museum as we have known it before and the vision of the museum of the future. In the group of theoreticians, philosophers, economists, artists and, finally, museologists, we will try to contemplate on what type of museum we will need in a decade or so.
The year-long discussion will focus on futurological visions, economy, the virtual world, care, mental health, accessibility, participation, and the attention economy as well as attention ecology. This way we will try to work out possible versions of the avant-garde museum of the future.