MTalks MUMA presents ‘Art organisations as sites for unlearning’
Wed 6 Feb 2019, 6.15pm–7.45pm
Photo by Niels Moolenaar.
Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA hosts a discussion focusing on processes for unlearning and art organisations as sites for unlearning, with Annette Krauss in conversation with Nuraini Juliastuti and Ying Que, convened by Dr Danny Butt.
There are two major areas of concern for those who desire a paradigm shift in our contemporary life under increasing economic, socio-political and ecological pressures: ‘institution’ on the one hand and ‘learning’ on the other.
Learning is mostly understood in terms of accumulative knowledge and deals with institutionally driven conceptions. Alternatively, unlearning is directed towards embodied knowledge and unconsciously operating ways of thinking, while integrating processes of de-instituting. Learning anything new in fact necessitates unlearning.
The publication Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning (CASCO Art Institute, Utrecht and Valiz, 2018) presents the outcome of a multi-year, collective engagement with both issues, taking Casco Art Institute, a public art institution located in Utrecht, Netherlands as an exemplary site for unlearning.
This event incorporates the launch of Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning, and coincides with Annette Krauss’s participation in MUMA’s upcoming international group exhibition, Shapes of Knowledge, which brings together eight projects from across the globe to reflect on the different platforms, spaces and timeframes in which knowledge is produced and shared.