CIMAM Annual Conference in Ljubljana, Zagreb and Sarajevo

CIMAM – International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – will hold its 2011 Annual Conference “Museums and the City” in Ljubljana and Zagreb on November 14, 15 and 16. The conference will be followed by a tour to Sarajevo. We expect an audience of around 170 museum directors and curators from more than 40 countries.

CIMAM’s Annual Conference is shaping up to be the most important forum for communication, co-operation and information exchange between museums, professional visual arts workers, artists and others concerned with modern and contemporary art. Its guiding principle is the presentation of new, unpublished work followed by free discussion.

Conferences devoted today to art and its museums are attended by representatives of the global art world who for the most part stay inside their bubbles in the host city. Shut away in dark conference halls they could easily be anywhere else. The moments when they smell the aroma of the city, hear the sounds of the street or the actual voices of the local art community are usually stolen from overstuffed schedules of socializing with their international colleagues.

However, if museums today are increasingly looking for contact with the city, with their immediate environment, why should they be presented any differently? And just what is this ‘immediate environment’? What, in fact, is the space of the museum? What, in fact, is its shell? No longer is this merely the museum’s building; it is, at the same time, the city – both the local physical city and the global virtual city. And who, exactly, can be the audience of this museum, covering so many spaces at once? Who are our citizens? More than ever before, the city’s inhabitants are becoming the true allies of the museum.

CIMAM’s conference in Ljubljana and Zagreb, and the subsequent tour to Sarajevo, will present these 3 cities, whose birth was overseen by bloody inter-ethnic conflict, as special case studies. What is their current situation? What experience can their museums bring to the international arena? How do artists organize themselves? What possibilities do they have for presenting their work and getting it into museums? Other issues we shall address include how museums can stimulate the synergies between different local agents, and how they can imagine a better global future.

Having brought together an excellent group of speakers, with diverse experiences and fields of interest, we are confident that they will generate thought-provoking debates.

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DAY 1
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
− Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister of Culture, Republic of Slovenia
− Zdenka Badovinac, president of CIMAM, director Moderna galerija Ljubljana /
Museum of Modern Art plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
− Tihomir Milovac, senior curator Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb
KEYNOTE SPEECH
− Renata Salecl. Philosopher and sociologist, Senior Researcher at the Institute of
Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Centennial
Professor at the London School of Economics
CASE STUDY 1
− Akram Zaatari. Artist and curator, Beirut
CASE STUDY 2
− Lu Jie. Founder of Long March Space; curator of Long March Project
KEYNOTE SPEECH
− Rem Koolhaas. Founding partner, OMA
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 1
− Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM)
Bojana Piškur, curator
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 2
− Workers' Punk University. Delavsko punkerska univerza (DPU)
Asta Vrečko. Doctoral student of art history at the Faculty of Arts and junior research
fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana
Jernej Kaluža. Student of philosophy and history at the Faculty of Arts, University of
Ljubljana. Culture journalist, Radio Student

DAY 2
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 3
− P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Center in galerija P74
Tadej Pogačar, artistic director
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 4
− Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth – POGON
Emina Višnić (Pogon) & Zvonimir Dobrović (Domino), Vesna Vuković (BLOK), Tomislav
Medak (BADco.), Ena Hodžić (Kontejner)
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 5
− Galerija Nova 'What, How and for Whom'
Sabina Sabolović, Nataša Ilić, Ana Dević and Ivet Ćurlin
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DAY 3
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
− Snježana Pintarić, director Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb
KEYNOTE SPEECH
− Eyal Weizman. Architect; director of the Centre for Research Architecture at
Goldsmiths, University of London, and of the ERC funded research project Forensic
Architecture
CASE STUDY 3
− Bandjoun Station, Cameroon
Barthelemy Toguo. Artist and founder of Bandjoun Station, an artistic and cultural
building project, Cameroon
CASE STUDY 4
− Gabriela Rangel. Director Visual Arts, Americas Society, New York

DAY 4 – TOUR TO SARAJEVO
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL CONTEXT 6
− Ars Aevi Art Depot
Enver Hadžiomerspahić, director-general and Amila Ramović, executive director
CASE STUDY 5
− Boris Buden. Writer and cultural critic, Croatia

FOR AGENDA AND FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CIMAM.ORG

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