Conf/CfP - Between the Discursive and the Immersive: Research in the Art Museum, 2 December 2015, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Publish Date: Jun 29, 2015

Deadline: Aug 16, 2015

The PhD Programme in Art, Culture and Visual Studies from the Graduate School Aarhus University and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art are delighted to announce the call for paper for an international PhD Seminar on the topics of the Conference "Between the DISCURSIVE and the IMMERSIVE: Research in the Art Museum".

The keynote speakers for this event are:
Hendrik Folkerts (Curator, dOCUMENTA 14),
Margriet Schavemaker (Head of Research, Stedelijk Museum)
Marie Laurberg (Curator, Louisiana Museum of Art).

The participation is open to all PhD students and is free of charge.
Lunch is provided for all the accepted participants.
Abstracts can be submitted until AUGUST 16, 2015.

The event will take place on 2 December 2015 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. It is organized by: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Aarhus University

Research occupies a greater and more autonomous role in the modern and contemporary art museum than ever. No longer restricted to supporting exhibitions and the collection, this type of knowledge production in the museum has become an independent, often interdisciplinary form of programming with its own curators and budget. In this regard, Paul O'Neill talks of a "curatorialization of education" and Miwon Kwon of a "discursive turn" in the museum sector. At the same time, a major part of the knowledge production in the twenty-first century art museum results in the creation of spectacular exhibitions and collection displays, designed to offer audiences a unique and immersive experience. Whereas didactic exhibitions and the focus of collection preservation may have previously prevailed, museums are thus increasingly embracing a synaesthetic dispositif, an experiential model of curating, to engage their publics.

Moreover, what to think of the growing participation of the public in the selection, presentation and interpretation of art in museums? And the increasing use of new media technologies such as online video, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share curatorial knowledge?
In other words: knowledge production in museums of modern and contemporary art oscillates between the discursive and the immersive.

In this landscape of changing paradigms of museum programming and institutional outlook, the alliances between museums and universities are solidified. In the past years, governmental policies are encouraging, if not demanding academia to get out of its ivory tower and 'valorize' itself by collaborating with partners beyond the conventional outreach of the university.

The PhD seminar aims to stimulate a critical debate on the potentialities of the art museum as a research-based institution –
between the discursive and the immersive. The PhD Seminar is organized in relation to the International Conference "Between the Discursive and the Immersive: A Symposium on Research in the 21st Century Art Museums" in a collaboration between the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum and Aarhus University. Likewise the conference, the seminar wants to offer to PhD students the possibility to share their PhD projects and exhibitions that explore the significance of hybrid forms of research and curating in modern and contemporary art museums.
Crucial questions for the conference are: How can exhibitions function as mediums for research? How can artistic research contribute to art museums? What is the research value of (immersive) exhibitions? What is the role of the sensory experience in gathering and disseminating knowledge in the museum? What is the function and position of 'public programs' as curatorial models for research and knowledge production? What does the public contribute to the museum's knowledge production?

The PhD seminar welcomes theoretically founded papers as well as practice-based contributions exploring model cases or concrete experiments in the field.

PhD students officially enrolled in a PhD Programme either in Denmark or in other International Universities are welcome to submit paper proposals to this seminar on the following topics:

- Theoretical versus sensorial/experiential knowledge
- Museum research and the "medium specificity" of the institution
- Research-based exhibitions: models, topics, strategies, experiments
- Innovative ways of integrating research and collection display
- Knowledge production in the "user-generated age"
- Discursive/educational turn and growing role of public/interpretation programs
- The impact of new media on the development and communication of museum research

These contributions should be max 15 minutes long and share an interesting topical case study or thought. Presentations can be held in various formats: videos, interactive presentations, powerpoints, papers, etc.

Applicants are expected to email their proposals of 300 words (plus short resume of 150 words) as a word or pdf document before August 16 2015 to Marianne Hoffmeister,

Applicants can join the two-days following conference purchasing their ticket online on the following website:

Marie Laurberg, Curator at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Lecture: "Yayoi Kusama: The monographic exhibition as a site for research – methodologies"

Margriet Schavemaker, Head of Research at the Stedelijk Museum.
Lecture: "The 'discursive turn' at the Stedelijk Museum: a (self) critical reading"

Hendrik Folkerts, Curator, documenta 14. Lecture: "Curating Documenta: Reflections on the Process"

Questions about the PhD seminar can be addressed to Irene Campolmi:

The conference committee is comprised of representatives of the organizing institutions will assess the abstracts by the end of August 2015 and determine the final selection.

Registration is free of charge and is open to international PhD students, MA and BA students, postdocs. The deadline for registration to this event is October 31 2015. Lunches and coffee breaks are included. For registrering for the the two-days following conference, please visit

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