Museum conference at MACBA

Chto delat’s Dmitry Vilensky is taking part in a big conference on museums at the MACBA in Barcelona. Find the program of this conference below.

Musée d’art ancien, Département d’art moderne.

Rethinking cultural organizations in the new cultural economy


June 12 & 13 2008

6pm to 9pm Macba auditorium

Led by George Yudice, with the participation of Ana Carla Fonseca Reis, Maurizio Lazzarato, Stephen Wright and Gerardo Mosquera

MACBA Independent Studies Program (in the context of the course Economy and Culture taught by George Yudice)

Within the framework of Transform and Translate Culture 2000

By analyzing the factors that constitute the new “cultural economy,” defined by the replacement of industrial production by the production of immaterial goods and services as the base of economic growth, this symposium proposes a critical reflection about the effects of this “new era in capitalist development.” We will analyze the effects of this new era on the privatization of culture in the cultural and creative industries, on urban renewal, in the workplace, on intellectual copyright and in the realm of art. We will examine how the cultural economy interacts with the public sector and how the concept of cultural public service itself has evolved.

The structure of the symposium will be that of an open discussion departing from the short statements of the invited speakers; we hope to have an active debate as opposed to formal lectures.


Thursday, June 12: The museum-corporation. Issues on theory of organization in cultural policies. Speakers: Maurizio Lazzarato and Gerardo Mosquera

Friday, June 13: The economization and the fate of culture as public service. Public policies in a privatized world. Speakers: Ana Carla Fonseca Reis and Stephen Wright

Molecular Museum

Can cultural heritage be organized through non-territorial networks? Towards a new kind of institutionality


Saturday, June 14, all day from 11 am to 8 pm

Macba auditorium

How to define a new institutional agenda after the experiences of the last wave of institutional critique and after the counter-institutional experiments coming from the explosion of new social movements along the last decade?

This workshop aims to open a space for debate about the potential of practices such as open source code, copyleft, creative commons, etc as a new institutional practice for cultural management. Is it possible? How?

In this workshop we will study cases and experiences of fragile, precarious or uprooted institutional models which have internalized the several waves of institutional critique over the last decades and are planting the seeds for a new type of institutionalism— a postcolonial museum model that has gone beyond the 19th century model and the cultural and geopolitical hegemony of industrial and colonial capitalism. How do we envision the museum of the post-industrial/postcolonial age?


This event is organized as a one-day dense meeting consisting of a series of short presentations in which guest speakers will contribute to a possible definition of the postcolonial institution through specific practices. Speakers are invited to articulate their presentations by answering the following question:

How do you face the postcolonial institution condition in your own practice?


11 am:

Bartomeu Marí, Jorge Ribalta, Xavier Antich, Manuel Asensi, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (including Independent Studies Program)

Ulf Wuggenig, Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Dmitry Vilensky Chto Delat, Moscow/Petersburg, Russia

Marina Garces, Espai en Blanc, Barcelona

Sophie Goltz, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany

2 pm break for lunch

5 pm

Tomas Herreros, Ateneu Candela, Terrassa

Solvita Krese, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

Raul Sanchez, Marcelo Expósito and Carlos Prieto, Universidad Nomada, Madrid

Branka Curcic,, Novi Sad, Serbia

7 pm

Gerald Raunig and Therese Kaufmann, European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna, Austria

Pedro G Romero, UNIA, Sevilla

Itziar Gonzalez, City Councillor for the Ciutat Vella District of Barcelona

Jordi Martí, delegate for Culture, Barcelona City Counci

Moderation and conclusions (towards a postcolonial institutional agenda) by MACBA’s Independent Study Program students and George Yudice.

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