The meaning and construction of the cultural agency
This volume, deliberately untitled, signified by the time frame of 2020/2021, brings together two years of programming and research developed and initiated by the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology under the direction of Beatrice Leanza.
Editorially conceived as a series of individual articles (referred to as maat papers) each originally produced to accompany exhibitions and projects in a set of ‘read / see’ prints, this volume incorporates additional content in the form of textual and visual essays that together encapsulate the concrete possibility of ’emergence of a form of critical institutional practice in response to the unprecedented complexities we face as a global society.
True to the collaborative and forward-looking spirit of its content, the book is a collection of designs developed by the museum’s design team and different studios involved in the realization of graphic projects and visual identities of various programs. . Bundled together in a custom binder to fill with new prints over time, the book is also a physical nickname for the transformative and additive nature of its own content and the type of institution it speaks of.
The projects are grouped under two main sections—Collective futures and Time and history– each bringing together the voices and visions of curators, creative practitioners, academics and activists who have been involved in exhibitions, public and educational programs, on-site and hybrid projects, many of which are accessible on maat ext. (expanded), the museum’s new digital space launched in 2020.
Travel to the world of post-global geopolitics, a remastered understanding of man’s relationship to the non-human world, marine ecosystems, epidemiological history and contemporary biopolitics, some of the projects have noted the challenge of undoing the old paradigms through which we have known the world, to release new forms of plural imagination, emotional and more than haptic, by drawing new paths of planetary empathy.
Others fostered encounters around the historical legacies of imperialism, colonialism and the traumas left unattended, whether politically motivated or caused by the environment, thus opening the museum to critical inquiries into action. collective and emancipating the forms of intellectual and social participation towards embodied justice.
The establishment of the Climate Collective demonstrates a desire to deepen our understanding of climate justice as a complex post-global complex where the geopolitical, legal and sociological implications reducing the lives of people and ecosystems in the non-western world are of importance crucial for building an equitable future on a truly global scale. Conversations are part of the current program Climate Emergency> Climate Emergence are presented in edited form.
An additional section includes the 2020 program Maat Mode – Prototyping of the future museum which featured for five months more than 220 events organized in collaboration with more than 80 individuals, collectives, entities and organizations near and far, where investigations around an increasingly troubled earthly life examined the forms that we could use to appease the growing extremes and radicalism of phenomena that are the product of our time, and how to model new paths of experience and experimentation through creative knowledge and inspiration.
We have upheld a credo that cultural institutions are civic arenas that should function as goal-oriented organizations, at all times when they were most vulnerable, but also when the importance of renewing their relevance in the world. contemporary societal discourse was at its peak. .
“I believe in the role and responsibility of cultural institutions to foster inclusive forms of confrontation that can help us all discern, explore and generate equitable futures, planetary respect and mutual care. We have made “prototyping the museum” a motto supporting each of our actions, co-designed with professional and general audiences, stakeholders from various backgrounds and origins, research, education and practice entities. activism, ultimately evoking a forward-looking museum that transforms as we transform with it. (excerpt from the introduction written by Beatrice Leanza).
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Editors: Beatrice Leanza, Nuno Ferreira de Carvalho
Book design: Lisa Hartje Moura
With creations by: dotdotdot, Joana Pestana, Max Ryan, studio obelo, João Turvo, omni group, Beatriz Severes
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Posted by: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon — December 2021