How often do you visit your local museum and do you think it plays any role in your daily life? Museums can actually have a strong position in your neighbourhood. If they do well they can be teachers, entertainers, visionaries but also gardeners and chefs, partners of local shopkeepers or hackers.
In March the Stedelijk Museum in collaboration with Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte and Non-fiction organized one day long symposium which was dealing with the role of museums in the cities. Speakers from different museums (The Stedelijk museum, Van Abbemuseum, MACBA in Barcelona, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag or Madmusee in Liege) presented how these institutions try to step out to the streets of the cities they are located in and interact with their inhabitans. Many interesting projects were mentioned and a wide range of different approaches outlined. The symposium was a great starting point for further exploration of the topic of extramural activities.
Now, we are happy to announce that Non-fiction in collaboration with the Stedelijk museum has launched a blog called Extra Muros which aims to become a platform for the further discussion on this topic. Via this blog we will inform you about projects when museums are stepping outside their walls (both physically and virtually) and getting in closer contact with the “outsiders”.
Should we expect invasion of museums to our daily lives? Will museums once rule the world? What are the techniques they are using to speak to people who do not care about them and how to they win them round? Stay tuned and follow Extra Muros (on Facebook too).