8th Garage International Conference. Utopias of (Non)Knowledge: The Museum as a Research Hub

Date

From 24 September 2021 to 25 September 2021

Place

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
8th Garage International Conference. Utopias of (Non)Knowledge: The Museum as a Research Hub8th Garage International Conference. Utopias of (Non)Knowledge: The Museum as a Research Hub

DESCRIPTION

Jacques Rancière connects the notion of knowledge with that of ignorance: a person who knows must be aware that they do not know. Rancière’s theory of an “ignorant teacher” problematizes the hierarchical regime of the one-way transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. By criticizing the neoliberal production and commodification of knowledge in this way, he reminds us that the purpose of democracy is to attain equality, and in particular the equality of knowledge. What he offers instead can be described as a modernist model of a “knowledge utopia,” where all citizens are equal and therefore equally involved in practices of (not) knowing.

The model suggested by Rancière allows us to reconsider the role that museums play in the creation, transfer, and preservation of knowledge. In the second half of the twentieth century, museums faced the need to review the foundations of their activity. As a result of this transformative process, they became increasingly focused on research activities: the practices of creating and distributing (non)knowledge. While research has informed museum practices since the emergence of museums, in recent years museums have begun organizing collaborative projects with researchers, including from governmental and business institutions and scientific laboratories, as well as with independent artists and others. These interactions allow us to speak of special—horizontal—modes of knowledge production and exchange that create a new understanding of the museum as a hub.

Four aspects of practices of (not) knowing in the museum will be discussed at the conference: the Objects of Research, the Methods of Research, the Space of Research and the Researcher.

Abstracts of the papers in PDF.


The conference is organized by Sasha Obukhova, curator of Garage Archive Collection, in collaboration with the team of  The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums and Culture (Katerina Suverina, Vlad Strukov and Andrei Zavadski).

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HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration.
The discussion will be broadcast on YouTube.

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Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep-dive into the themes of current exhibitions and programs at Garage.

Conference program

Section 1: The Objects of Research

12:00–12:30

Reception


12:30–12:35

Introduction from Anton Belov, director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


12:35–12:40

Introduction from conference curator Katerina Suverina


12:40–13:00

Tahani Nadim. Data Natures: Research in Collection Digitization


13:00–13:20

Yana Klichuk and Joana Monbaron. Invisible Archives at Manifesta 13 as Action Research


13:20–13:40

Danae Tapia. Autopoiesis Today: Juxtaposing the Scientist, the Artist, and the Philosopher


13:40–14:00

Clémentine Deliss. Counter-Conduct in the Museum, or the Practice of Academic Iconoclasm


14:00–14:45

Open discussion of presentations

Participants: Katerina Suverina, Tahani Nadim, Yana Klichuk, Joana Monbaron, Danae Tapia, Clémentine Deliss


15:00-16:00

Break 

Place
Garage Auditorium

Section 2: The Methods of Research

16:00–16:05

Introduction from conference curator Andrei Zavadski


16:05–16:25

Annette Loeseke. Curatorial Activism: Collaborative Research as Decolonizing Practice at Berlin's Museum Treptow


16:25–16:45

Anastasia Tarasova. More Than Just a Catalogue: The Hidden Resources of a Museum Database


16:45–17:05

Pauline J. Yao. On Dynamic Ground: Museum and Collection Building in Hong Kong


17:05–17:25

Sela Kodjo Adjei. Nkyinkyim Installation as “Alternate History”: New Frontiers of Museology in Ghana and Beyond


17:25–18:10

Open discussion of presentations

Participants: Andrei Zavadski, Annette Loeseke, Anastasia Tarasova, Pauline J. Yao, Sela Kodjo Adjei

Place
Garage Auditorium

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