AboutTowards Tomorrow's Museum, led by artist and writer Tom Vandeputte, examines current issues and new models for the art museum. In times of change, how does an art institution construct a concept of its future trajectory?
This eleven week course considers the major questions that arise when rethinking the role of a museum, its programme, collection, and the position of its activities in a shifting cultural landscape.
Using examples of emergent programmes and practices at Tate, the course introduces a set of key themes in the discussion on the future of the museum. Engagement with modes of critique, experiment and participation, the impact of publics, architecture, business and policy are all addressed in order to consider the development of museums and the transformation of Tate Modern in particular.
The global social and cultural dynamics of the early twenty-first century provide a shifting and complex context for this course. Consideration of the museum as producer in this context, and its relationships with diverse publics and politics provides a focus and a point of departure for tomorrow's museum. Each week we are joined by members of Tate staff as guest speakers who play key roles in shaping the future prospects of Tate.
No prior knowledge of art history or museum studies is necessary.