Publicness and the Contemporary Museum
ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
26 January 2019
At the end of January 2019, the ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin will be hosting a symposium to discuss the role of museum practice in public spaces in urban and rural areas. The symposium will pose questions about the resulting consequences for the architecture of a museum.
Since 2009, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory has offered space for reflection on the interplay between urban design and social life. Through exhibitions, publications, lectures, and discussions, the initiative contributes to national and international discourse on architecture and, in connection to this, to culture. Students, scientists, and practitioners from architecture, urban planning and other related fields are regularly brought together to facilitate exchange.
The symposium “Extrovert Interior: Publicness and the Contemporary Museum” focuses on contemporary museums as public spaces. In the last ten years, however, museums have made a shift towards an institution for public programmes in order to meet demands for discourses, atmospheres, experiences, and social networking. This expands the spatial scope of museums: events do not necessarily take place in designated museum buildings, but also in urban areas. This creates the potential for museum practice to democratise discourse and knowledge. But how can architecture ultimately respond to such processes?
Thematically, the event follows on from the ANCB’s research programme on Knowledge Spaces. The questions raised concern the relevance of architecture to the presentation, discussion, and preservation of knowledge in scientific, cultural, and economic contexts.
The symposium takes place in collaboration with the Centre for the Future of Places at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.