Link to material #1
- 1) Yael Davids : A daily practice
Yael Davids is an artist that did a 3 year research projet working with a museum‘s collection and connecting it to Feldenkreis methods.
She explores how semantic techniques around bodies could be applicable and useful in the context of the museum – in this research she is questioning „what processes became a habit? And what can be opened up that doesn‘t function any-more ?“ as well as the relation between the artworks and the building (light, how are people supposed to enter the space, where is the public being oriented etc.). In this approach she shifts from the eye and intellect being the priority when thinking about people encountering artworks to the bodily relation to the pieces and the place.
Link to material #2
- In the talk she gave in the Education from Below project „One is always plural“ she also talked about interesting links she is making between body and knowledge. For her the body is a registrant of time, a vessel of collective and singular memory, an entity that occupies and traverses literal cultural and political geographies. Thus, she talks about axes/connections between different sides/perspectives of knowledge in relation to the body e.g. connecting seemingly distant entities like right hand and left hand. Link to material #3
- 2) Max Hinderer Cruz : Decolonise, democratise, deeliticise
Max Hinderer Cruz was Director of the National Museum of Art (MNA) in La Paz from March 2019 to June 2020, where he founded the museum's Program for Decolonial Studies in Art (PED) and gives a talk about three terms – decolonise, democratise deeliticise - in the museum context.
He introduces his talk with an explanation of the context he worked in in Bolivia during a difficult political time in which the neo-fachist movement was at head of the country. At the Museum they managed to continue the program for decolonial studies and thus created one of public safe places to talk about these issues during 2020.
For him, reflecting on the 3 concepts decolonizing, democratizing, deelitizing is badly and urgently needed. The three of them are interconnected. As an example, decolonizing a museum doesn‘t mean to ban colonial paintings in his experience be-cause they are sources for understanding how colonialism worked. They can help to study the colony, how it operated and what function were given to the artworks and it is important to make them accessible and do proper communication and mediation (deelitize).
Another interesting experience he is talking about is their work with indigenous expressions of „art“. In Aymara, one of the local traditional languages, there is no word for „art“ so they organized events with invited indigenous people to talk about what is art in their context and languages. The idea was to communicate that the museum would not be the place that imposes the definition of art and aesthetics, but would like to expand the notion and have an understanding of what a plurinational notion of art could be.