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Institutional Critique at the Post-Digital Turn: Museums and Databases

Symposium on May 12th & 13th 2022

May 12th & 13th 2022
University of Applied Arts Vienna
1030 Vienna , Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7

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This symposium organised by the IMAGE+ Platform for Open Art Education focuses on two interconnected failures of present-day art institutions. On the one hand, museums have vigorously concretized their already existing initiatives for digitising their collections and exhibition practice during the various lockdowns by advertising this promising virtualization with its expansion of participatory possibilities museums have boosted their accessibility and strengthened democratisation of their own institutions. In doing so, museums have adopted the entrepreneurial paradigm of a profit oriented Silicon Valley tech company without, however, making the associated advertising and sales mechanisms the subject of a critical debate. On the other hand, one has to mention the failings of an exclusivist, elitist and white art history and its implementation in art institutions. Neither have sufficiently reflected on their research or their collection and display policies for decades. This is true, in particular, with respect to vestiges of racism, antisemitism, antiziganism or antiableism and an orientation towards decolonial, queer, queer-feminist or intersectional criteria.

The symposium will be held in German and English. Simultaneous English translation will be provided on-site for the German lectures. All times are MESZ. Download the folder for the event here.

12th of May 2022

Guided tour through basis wien

Location: Fünfhausgasse 5, 1150 Wien
Attention! Limited number of participants. Registration mandatory:

Focus: What has been missed so far


Helene Baur + Andrea Neidhöfer
Document - Object – Data. Queries on changes and gaps in the representation of contemporary art

Hande Sever
From Stereoscope to VR: Viewing Unbounded

Carla Bobadilla
The Invisible Threads of Ethnographic Museums (DE*)

Thomas Trabitsch
Queering the Museum (DE*)

+++ Unfortunately, the lecture by Arif Akkılıç & Ljubomir Bratić has to be cancelled. The lecture by Hande Sever will take place at 16:30 instead. +++ Arif Akkılıç + Ljubomir Bratić - Who belongs to the general public and whom does the general public belong to? (DE*) +++

13th of May 2022

Focus: Silicon Valley Web 2.0 Dynamics among other

Mike Pepi
The Lean Institution (EN)

Eva-Maria Gillich
Accessible to All Algorithms (DE*)

João Enxuto & Erica Love
Before Art Project 2023 (EN)

Nicole Kreckel
Opening (the) database(s) through Digital Copies Brought to Life – Museum Artworks on TikTok

Lunch Break

Focus: Rewriting art history via image databases

Isabel Seliger

The Digital Unconscious: Understanding the Embedded Phenomena, Historical Entanglements, and Cross-Connections of Non-Western eMuseums and Digital Archives (EN)

Hidéo Snes
The Architecture of the Future:
The archive as a technologist discipline

Eva Greisberger & Eva-Maria Schitter
Between Displacement and Dynamisation: Media-didactic Approaches to Digital Image Archives (DE*)

End approx. 17:30


DE - lecture in german // EN – lecture in english
* For lectures in german, an english simultaneous translation is available on site.

Registration requested for on-site participation.: