The purpose of the event is to generate synergies and promote joint projects, but aside from any specific contacts that might be made, the intention is to put into practice new work protocols that will allow museums to move towards new levels of cooperation, more fitting with the new dynamics of the global art scene. The participants are distributed into four different working groups that focus on specific topics, with each group meeting in its own closed sessions. In each of the group sessions, proposals are prepared and later discussed and debated by all in attendance. The meeting concludes with a public event at ARCO, in which the conclusions drawn and the proposals developed during the group sessions are shared with the public.
Group 1. Knowledge and research
Participants: Zdenka Badovinac, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Tadeu Chiarelli and Laurence Rassel
Moderator: Jesus Carrillo
Nowadays, the channels through which museums generate knowledge and disseminate information no longer rely exclusively on exhibitions. Archives and documentation centres have become of greater importance in today's society of knowledge. Also, museums often promote study and research processes that go beyond classical museology and have become spaces for debate and knowledge development that complement university education.
Group 2. Patrimony, archive and memory
Participants: Charles Esche, Rodolfo Kronfle, Justo Pastor Mellado, Bartomeu Marí, Anne Gallagher, Lola Hinojosa, Nydia Gutiérrez, Soledad Novoa.
Moderator: João Fernandes
The notion of patrimony when associated exclusively with a national community, is no longer valid in a world where identities are in constant flux. Furthermore, memory can no longer be managed from a single perspective, or with a single voice; rather, it must respond to continuous interpolation arising from the conflicts and necessities of the present. Museums thus find themselves obliged to radically transform their definition of patrimony. This transformation can benefit from dynamics of exchange and collaboration, among other methods.
Group 3. Funding and resource management
Participants: Vasif Kortun, Giancarlo Hannud, Leticia Sastre, María Inés Rodríguez, Miguel von Hafe and Bart de Baere
Moderator: Natalia Majluf
The conception and management of projects continues to respond to the local dimension, which hampers communication between institutions in different locations. In addition, the funding of culture is local while capital is global. This paradoxical situation calls for a new strategic vision, as well as work methods that facilitate more intense collaboration processes.
Group 4. The educational and social dimension of museums
Participants: Osvaldo Sánchez, Enrique Varela, Carles Guerra, Pablo Martínez and Olga Ovejero
Moderator: Belén Sola
The need for opportunities for collective learning and experimentation, involving new modes of socialization and interaction with the world,has restored the pedagogical function of museums to a central position within contemporary society. The role of cultural institutions varies enormously in different contexts and regions and all educational efforts should be rooted in a specific time and space. However, at the same time, it is increasingly necessary for society to find tools that enable us to analyse and imagine a global reality.
Bart de Baere, Director of MUKHA (Antwerp, Netherlands)
Zdenka Badovinac, Director of Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Jesús Carrillo, Head of Cultural Programs at Museo Reina Sofía
Tadeu Chiarelli, Director of MAC USP (São Paulo, Brazil)
Charles Esche, Director of Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
João Fernandes, Deputy Director of Conservation, Research and Education at Museo Reina Sofía
Anne Gallagher, Head of Collections (British art) at the Tate (London)
Carles Guerra, Head Curator of MACBA (Barcelona)
Nydia Gutiérrez, Curator at the Museum of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia)
Giancarlo Hannud, Curator at the Pinacoteca del Estado (São Paulo, Brazil)
Lola Hinojosa, Film and Vídeo Curator at Museo Reina Sofía
Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT (Istanbul, Turkey)
Rodolfo Kronfle, independent curator and art critic (Ecuador)
Natalia Majluf, Director of MALI (Lima, Peru)
Bartomeu Marí, Director of MACBA (Barcelona)
Pablo Martínez, Head of Education and Public Activities at CA2M (Móstoles, Madrid)
Soledad Novoa, Curator at the National Museum of Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Olga Ovejero,Head of Education at Museo Reina Sofía
Justo Pastor Mellado, Director of Parque Cultural Valparaíso (Valparaíso, Chile)
Agustín Pérez Rubio, independent curator, former Director and Head Curator of MUSAC (León, Spain) from 2003-2012
María Inés Rodríguez, Curator at MUAC (Mexico City, Mexico)
Laurence Rassel, Director of Fundació Tàpies
Leticia Sastre, Exhibition Coordinator at Museo Reina Sofía
Miguel von Hafe, Director of CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Osvaldo Sánchez, Director of the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City)
Belén Sola, Head of Education and Cultural Activities at MUSAC (León, Spain)
Enrique Varela, Deputy Director General of State Museums, a division of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports