Project Museu

Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines. (Hans Haacke)

A banner with the word MUSEU (museum in Catalan) remains placed on the Es Baluard’s facade since 20th October 20, 2015, when the second review of the museum’s collection was opened. This banner names and signs the main building of the museum of modern and contemporary art of Palma de Mallorca but also symbolises the debate about the real meaning of a museum today and is manifested and seen as a gesture of claim.

“Museu” is therefore launched as a horizontality device generated by Es Baluard designed to become a medium for dialogue and debate on these cultural infrastructures, involving the professional sector (and by extension, its training and management spheres), public and private institutions and society. It now turns into a blog aimed to collect and invigorate commitments from the written to the visual.

A museum is an agora, a platform for physical transitions and virtual wanderings. Our aim with this blog is to generate an open meeting place for its analysis and ontological and functional searches.

One of the objectives of this project is to discuss the reality of the physical and the possible obsolescence of the “museum” concept today. So we’ve worked with different entities such as IAC (Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo), ICOM Spain, ADACE (Asociación de Directores de Arte Contemporáneo de España). In addition, different professionals are slowly taking part on the project. Their texts and reflections will activate the blog throughout 2016.

Features of www.proyectomuseu.org:

  • Main entrances are the core of this project, with texts by the professionals involved and those who will take part in it.
  • It’s formed by an area where the texts, that follow different lines of thought and reflection, are published.
  • Glossary for discussion: we are interested to deepen a number of terms which, since they’re trite or outdated, require a reinterpretation and contemporary analysis.
  • File: we’re collecting base documents which may serve to research as well as to become support lines for different educational sectors.

Participants:

Nekane Aramburu (Es Baluard)
María Fernanda Cartagena
Daniel Castillejo (ARTIUM)
Comerciants de Núvols
Isabel Durán (IAC)
Marcelo Expósito
Aurora Fernández Polanco
Luis Grau (ICOM España)
Roc Laseca
Martí Manen
Jorge Luis Marzo
Juan Luis Moraza
Chantal Mouffe
Santiago Olmo (CGAC)
Jorge Ribalta
Juan Carlos Rico
Yolanda Romero (ADACE)
Tomás Ruiz Rivas
Montserrat Soto
Berta Sureda (Barcelona Council)

Director of the “Museu” project: Nekane Aramburu
Coordinator of the “Museu” project: Semíramis González