FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2019
10:15 — 11:30
Lessons learned on repatriation of collection items
Panel presented by FARO
In recent years, the call for restitution of collection items has been louder than ever.
There was research in France by Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy, guidelines were
published in the Netherlands, as in Germany. What impact do these actions have ?
How do Belgian institutions relate to this theme? We investigate the debate about restitution since 1945,
discuss recent developments in a number of European countries and adress questions about provenance research.
11:45 — 13:00
Panel presented by PACKED/VIAA
In 2013 John Stack, previously head of Tate online, started asking himself the question: “What is the position of ‘digital’ within the museum?” and came to the conclusion that these days, digital is not simply a concern of the ‘digital department’ but permeates all areas of work in the museum, be they marketing, audience development, business development, etc. Inspired by Tate, PACKED – Center of Expertise for Digital Heritage for Flanders and Brussels, started accompanying heritage organizations to develop a holistic digital strategy. This entails formulating their goals in terms of content, heritage communities, revenue and organization. At the same time, they were asked to determine the measures of success they would like to achieve. Finally, they were asked to identify indicators which will allow them to measure whether they are realizing those goals. In this segment PACKED/VIAA will cover what constitutes a digital strategy and why it is important, after which we will open the floor to organizations which have formulated a digital strategy for their own organisation.
14:30 — 15:45
Curating the museum through Instagram
Panel presented by BRUSSELS MUSEUMS
It’s a fact, visitors to exhibitions are increasingly sharing their experiences online, particularly through the social media app Instagram, primary means for museum visitors to communicate their opinions via images taken on their ubiquitous smartphones. While exhibitions tend to become defined by their 'Instagrammability', how do the museums choose to curate their content accordingly on the app? Does it reflect the identity of their institution IRL or do they create a new reality of sorts? What if this leads to unrealistic expectations? Maybe Instagram even changes the way exhibitions are created? Three museum experts present a case study and discuss the matter.
16:00 — 17:15
Museum turns green: A late realization in Belgium
Panel presented by ICOM WALLONIE-BRUXELLES
The realization that museums are sources of carbon emissions and waste producers too, and that they have to be active players in these fields and not just explaining climate change and its causes in their exhibits, is just beginning around the world and in Belgium. Museums are indeed important carbon producers whether because of old non-insulated buildings, huge spaces, and non-recyclable (and not recycled) materials used for the exhibits. For instance, ICOM set up a working group on sustainability only in September 2018 and Belgian initiatives to promote the reuse of materials and exhibition structures are quite recent. And even if some museums have obtained labels rewarding their efforts in the fields of energy and the use of resources, most of them are just a huge energy leakage and important partner of landfills. This panel will propose an overview of initiatives around the world and in Belgium in this field and will present concrete examples of waste reduction implementation as well as methods to achieve a carbon-neutral use of resources.
All speakers to be announced shortly, stay tuned!