MUSEUM MEDIATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS: APPLYING DIGITAL MEDIA, ART, AND DESIGN TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF CURATION, EXHIBITION, AND VIEWERSHIP
Research Group, Spring 2016 (DM Coordinated by Edward Shanken, Digital+Media Wednesdays, 6-9pm (perhaps negotiable)
This research collaboration offers the extraordinary opportunity to use the RISD Museum as a platform to develop our own artistic mediations and interventions. Working closely with RISD Museum Deputy Director Sarah Ganz Blythe and Digital Content Producer Jeremy Radtke we will push the limits of conventional forms of art, curation, exhibition, and viewership.
The rich history of artists’ museum interventions includes work by Hans Haacke, Fred Wilson, Sophie Calle, Guerilla Girls, JODI, and others (some recent examples below). Our own mediations and interventions will deploy emerging digital practices to address a wide range of legal and social issues.
The goal is not to undermine conventional museum practice but to problematize it, augment it, create transparency, and expand the roles and functions of artists, audiences, and museums. How can we exacerbate tensions, build alliances, and push museums in ways that extend or reformulate the relationship between objects, people and cultural institutions? What are the key issues today and what do we envision they will be in ten years? What historical approaches are worth revisiting or reconfiguring? How can we expand the use of smart phones, social media, and other devices and cultural practices beyond the obvious?
The group will frequently meet at the RISD Museum, where we will work closely with museum staff to develop and implement proposals for mediations and interventions. We will research the state of the art of museological practices involving digital media and the history of artistic mediations of museums and exhibitions, with special attention to contemporary interventions staged by artists using digital media. Naturally, the resources and technical support of the Digital+Media program will be at our disposal.
Anticipated outcomes will include actual mediations and interventions and/or proposals for mediations and interventions that could stimulate further research and development.
Interested? Please contact Ed Shanken <firstname.lastname@example.org>.