[artinfo] "How Global?" conference
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"How Global?": international conference exploring
new directions in public art collecting
June 23-24, 2016
Arnolfini and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Arnolfini, in collaboration with Bristol Museum &
Art Gallery, present an international
investigate new directions in collecting
international art by public museums. "How Global"
will focus on critical, practical and theoretical
engagement with institutional approaches to
contemporary collecting, highlighting non-western
voices and perspectives.
What does "elsewhere" mean to both artists and
museums? Who gets to decide what a public art
collection is, or should be, and how do artists
antagonise and shape institutional collecting?
How do we use museums and other public art
spaces? Who collects and why?
Driven by the necessity of addressing critical
challenges around globalisation, and responding
to the Art Fund International scheme in which
five UK museums were awarded 4 million GBP to
develop international contemporary art
collections from 2007-12, this conference will
explore the key ideas, approaches and positions
informing the shape of public collections and
institutions not only in the UK but in other
continents and contexts.
Through presentations, performances and case
studies, international experts, museum directors
and scholars will join artists and curators-some
speaking to UK audiences for the first time-to
provide insight into the conceptual and practical
challenges related to collecting today and the
complex relationship between museums and
strategies of decolonisation.
Questions and provocations include: How is public
art collecting learning about and responding to
changing audiences? What constitutes a
responsible "global museum"? What is the evidence
of post-colonial awareness in museum policies?
How do public art collections reflect on the
distinctions, and confusions, between global and
These will also provide a context and conceptual
framework to reflect on some of the themes in
Arnolfini and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's
current exhibition Art from Elsewhere, such as
migration, capital and consumerism, and the
question of whether post-colonial experience is
in fact neo-colonial.
The event will consider how a diverse spectrum of
artistic practice and artists can be supported by
public museum collections, particularly in
relation to art produced outside of the western
canon, and what public museums are able to offer
that growing numbers of private museums cannot.
The conference will open at Bristol Museum & Art
Gallery on the evening of Thursday, June 23 with
a special keynote lecture by Gerardo Mosquera,
one of Latin America's most prominent art
curators and writers, addressing the challenges
facing museums and public collections coping with
the increasing internationalisation of the
production and circulation of art.
Other speakers include:
Élise Atangana, Paris-based curator and producer;
Kate Brindley, CEO/Director, Arnoflini; David
Elliott, writer and curator of Art from
Elsewhere; Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and
Programs at SALT, Istanbul; Ruth Noack, curator
and art historian based in Vienna; and Jaros½aw
Suchan, Director of Muzeum Sztuki in ¸ódê, with
more participants to be confirmed shortly.
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