The Faces of the Crisis is the title of the final project that Susanne Weng has prepared for the Master Design and Creation of Spaces. The project aims to activate the participation of the audience in order to create an exhibition on the concept of “crisis”. The wall of the Pati de les Dones at CCCB will be the space where the exhibition will be presented from the 25th to the 29th of June. This Facebook event shows you how to take part in the project.
In this article, Susanne Weng explains the main ideas and the development of the initiative..
The world is becoming increasingly complex. Through the globalization everything is closely connected
and linked in mutual dependence. The negative consequences of this network are clearly reflected in the current financial and economic crisis. First it became visible in 2008, an ending of this crisis is still not foreseeable.
In addition there are ongoing hunger crises, political crises, wars and environmental disasters. In our daily life, we are affected by personal crises like unemployment, illness or the loss of a beloved person.
Therefore, “the” crisis does not exist. Which crisis we feel, and if we are affected by a crisis at all, depends on our situation. It depends on the environment we live in, on our prosperity and at the same time on how we deal with our own feelings and fears.
I think that the complexity of the world and the resulting uncertainties of the courses and contexts can produce a feeling of helplessness and powerlessness. Can I, as a small individual have influence over what is going on in the world?
On the other hand we live quite naturally in this networked world.
With the social media like facebook, twitter and blogs we are connected through a few clicks. We trust in it, finding friends, illustrating our lives, sharing and giving opinions. This tight network has a huge potential!
Within a very short time, we can find like-minded people, spread ideas and organize meetings.
And the more people raise their voice at the same time, the louder and unmistakable it becomes.
Social media can work as an amplifier.
I want to use the social network Facebook to invite as many people as possible, to create together with them an “exhibition” about their perception of “crisis”.
The place of exhibition will be the marble wall in the courtyard of the CCCB, the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona. I will create a framework for all the different posts, and as a “tool” I will provide tape that can be used in every way that’s possible. To pin pictures or drawings on the wall, to use it as a base to write on or even as a tool to form words or images. The exhibition shall at the same time give room to profound thoughts, just as spontaneous snapshots, feelings or moods that occur spontaneously.
The common question is: What means crisis to you, where do you see a/your crisis?
My intention is, that we create together a more complex and multilayered picture of “crisis”, to give a platform to all the different situations, thoughts and feelings of each of us. The exhibition can work as organ and a platform for discussions.
From the 25th until the 29th of June everyone is invited to take part in the exhibition to create a more complex and multilayered picture of “crisis”!
On-site ADHESIVE TAPE will serve you to pin, as base for writing, or just as a writing medium itself.
All contributions that will be posted until the 28th of June on the pin board of the facebook event will also be exposed.
From 30 May the CCCB will be presenting the exhibition “SOUVENIR. Martin Parr, Photography and Collecting”, an exhibition where Parr’s ironic view of tourism and his interest in the world of compulsive collecting give as a result a series of original photographs, with some rather bizarre touches.
The souvenir, a nostalgic reminder of a touristic experience and at the same time often a fetish object for collectors, assumes a key role in the work of Martin Parr.
Take part in SOUVENIR CROSSING at the CCCB. Bring a souvenir to enter free of charge.
You can take away any other souvenir from the collection built by visitors as a memento.
On May 23, 24 and 25, Barcelona will host MuseumNext, one of the leading international conferences on future trends in the cultural sector.Jim Richardson (SUMO) came up with the idea for MuseumNext five years ago as a forum in which to share experiences and talk about how new developments in technology and participation are changing museums.
The CCCB has worked alongside Museu Picasso, MACBA and MNAC to prepare this year’s congress, and will also host some of the activities.
350 professionals from 34 countries of the world have registered for MuseumNext 2012, and the conference has sold out.
From the CCCB, we will bring you media coverage of MuseumNext including daily roundups and interviews with participants.
- Follow conference updates with the hashtag #MuseumNext. The conference organisers have created a Twitter List with all of this year’s delegates. The official conference account is @MuseumNext.
- The CCCB (@cececebe) and CCCB Lab (@cccblab) accounts will be tweeting practical information for participants as well as the key ideas over the three days of MuseumNext.
- See the CCCB Lab blog for special coverage of the event http://www.cccb.org/lab/museumnextcoverage including video interviews and daily chronicles. We will announce blog updates on Twitter.
- You can watch the four keynote presentations live via videostreaming on the CCCB website: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May at 10 am and 2 pm.
What are the core themes of MuseumNext?
MuseumNext 2012 is organised around 4 keynotes, 30 presentations and 2 workshops that explore three core themes: participation, digital marketing and future challenges. The Picasso Museum will be the conference hub and reception venue for delegates on Wednesday May 23. On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 the presentations will be held at the CCCB and the MACBA Auditorium.
The four MuseumNext keynotes that you will be able to watch live by videostreaming are:
- Nancy Proctor (Smitshonian), who will present her museum’s digital strategy (Thursday 24 – 10 am)
- Hein Wils (Stedelijk Museum) and Ferry Piekart (freelance consultant), who will talk about how to integrate augmented reality into cultural projects (Thursday 24, 2 pm)
- Robin Dowden and Nate Solas (Walker Art Center), who will explain the process of creating their groundbreaking new website (Friday 25 – 10 am)
- Jason daPonte (The Swarm), who will look at creative and innovative ways in which museums can make the most of mobile technology (Friday 25 – 2 pm)
Workshops and presentations
MuseumNext also includes 2 workshops and 30 presentations of projects and ideas from international museums, ranging from how to make the best of social network analytics to initiatives for collaboration and co-creation with users, projects that use open-data or Wikipedia, and assessing the use of mobile apps. The speakers include leading experts from MOMA, the TATE gallery, the Van Gogh Museum, the Manchester Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Museum of Toulouse, among others.
The participating Catalan institutions will also present some of their projects: MACBA will talk about Radio Web MACBA and the Itinerary feature on its new website, the Museu Picasso will present its social networks strategy, the Miró Foundation will talk about its Play Miró application and the CCCB will present its co-creation project Global Screen.
On the afternoon of May 23, MNAC has programmed The Digital Age: What are we doing at Catalan Museums? a preliminary open session in which seven local institutions will discuss their experience developing projects on the Internet or on social networks.
The CCCB’s Global Screen project is competing in the exhibition category of the Best of the Web awards , a prize awarded each year by the Museums and the Web congress , an event of international reference in the culture and new technologies sector.
The Best of the Web Awards are aimed at the websites, multimedia projects, mobile applications, interactive contents etc., of cultural institutions that stand out for their creativity, innovation or adaptation to new audiences. An international jury evaluates these and other criteria and selects the best projects of the year in different categories.
The winners of the Best of the Web Awards will be announced during the Museums and the Web congress which this year will take place between 11 and 14 April in San Diego (California). Apart from the jury’s decision, members registered on the congress’s web platform can also vote for their favourite projects between 25 March and 7 April.
Over 85 candidates have been presented for the Best of the Web 2012 including cultural organisations from all around the world. Global Screen is participating in the exhibition category with 12 other projects. The Global Screen candidature is distinguished by the fact that it is an innovative exhibition project, structured through a web platform from which the real-life exhibition is gestated. Global Screen is also an experiment in co-creation with the public that has managed to exhibit over 200 audiovisual pieces contributed by users at a real-life exhibition. The exhibition also has a virtual version in 3D format and a mobile application .
In the year 2010, the CCCB was distinguished at the Best of the Web Awards in the exhibition category with its online project “The City of Horrors”, which received an honourable mention from the jury.