Enjoy these provocations for the forthcoming GIDE Dundee 2019 ‘MOBILE MUSEUM’ international workshop week. We will post a few items here to get your trigger your imagination and curiosity-
And some thoughtful reflections on museums –
People have experiences in art museums today that they used to have in church.
— Bill Viola
Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans – the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum. — Susan Sontag
Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums.
All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or Ancient Egypt, is re-assimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonize past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality, in attractive and instantly appealing forms.
— J. G. Ballard
I believe profoundly in the importance of museums; I would go as far as to say that you can judge a society by the quality of its museums.
— Richard Fortey
Libraries and museums are the DNA of our culture.
— Vartan Gregorian
Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines.
— Hans Haacke
We are living in times of accelerated change. Growing social inequality, major environmental issues and the digital revolution are all affecting the role of museums as part of the cultural fabric of our society – Laura Wilkinson, New Museum, Museum of London