Frances Morris Conference
Reinventing Institutions: Bodies at the Centre

Contact Zone: repairing crises

• Day: February 8
• Hours: 7:00 p.m.
• Venue: Aljub
• Face-to-face activity with prior registration and limited places
• Conference in English with Spanish simultaneous translation

Es Baluard Museu organises the public lecture “Reinventing Institutions, Bodies at the Centre” by Frances Morris as part of the “Contact Zone” programme.

Morris says that facing climate and ecological emergency and the many intersecting social and political crises affecting humanity in the 21st century, Art Museums are – everywhere – exploring strategies to bolster their resilience, extend their social and cultural relevance, and contribute to critical debate and action within the context of permacrisis.

Since its inception in 2000 Tate Modern has continued to challenge the canon of art and conventional methodologies of display. More recently the museum has been addressing the historic values and injustices enshrined in buildings and behaviours, moving away from an outdated model of the museums as a forum in which to ‘show and tell’ to one in which communities of knowledge production and collaborative participation increasingly drive agendas.

This lecture will explore, and critically reflect upon, recent strategies for public engagement at Tate Modern. These include new forms of research as well as forms of activism and play, which are beginning to transform the museum as a social, civic and cultural space.

Frances Morris proposes these and other reflections, in an activity open to the public, as the starting point for module 1 of the LAP programme (Laboratory of Art and Thought) in its seconf edition. This thematic block entitled “New Institutionalisms: Reinventing Institutions, Bodies at the Centre“, from which the conference takes its name, is intended to give continuity to the ongoing work that is carried out at Es Baluard Museu based on institutional experimentation, examining and rethinking institutional structures towards more flexible and new models, developed through listening and diversity, care and vulnerability. New models that are inclusive, non-homogenising, plural and open to transformations adapted to a society in constant change and undergoing a structural crisis on a global scale.

Contact Zone” is an annual training and research programme that aims to explore the potential of artistic practice and cultural production as devices for intervention in social change. In its second edition, the need to think about contemporary complexity is presented from five thematic axes: New Institutionalisms, Environmentalisms, Feminisms, Borders and Works.

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