Recap: Green Week 2021

Thank you so much for your last contribution(s) during our Green week from April 19th-23rd 2021. Together with museums and museum professionals (and of course museum go-ers and art enthusiasts) we celebrated Earth Day and asked museums to go green. We were stunned how many of you showed up and off: so many marvelous #greenestobjects were highlighted in our second #curatorbattle and many more green events happened near and far. And even though, we said in our call to action that we “may not be able to turn our institutions green overnight”, all our social media feeds somehow magically did. Thank you for being part of this!

Thank you all for making the (museum) world greener! #museumsgogreen.

Here are some MFF team favorite moments from the Green Week!

Anna: “Museums and communities from all around the world are envisioning, demanding and working towards a greener (museum) world. Change is coming and #GreenWeek showed how we can get there!”

Florian: “I enjoyed the creativity of all the posts. The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art for instance showed with its #GreenestObject  how the future will be: Green and so shinyyyy!”

Diane: “It was fabulous to see how the #greenweek campaign was taken up globally and even managed to reach beyond the horizon of ‘Museums For Future’. This movement has no boundaries!”

Janette: “During earth week, I noticed a lot of attention to the issue of sustainability in museums. Worldwide networking, not least through social media, allows us to notice how present mindfulness is in many museums and shows that individual activists are not alone. Let’s hope that this is only the starting point of a long-term engagement with climate protection.I personally found the discussions at the “Assembly for permacircular museums“, a conference organized by ZKM, the Center for art and media in Karlsruhe, to be very inspiring, bringing together interdisciplinary and diverse approaches to a (possible) contemporary museum practice and its needs.”

Silvia: “We have found it! The greenest collection item we have in the Slovak Mining Museum (SBM) – a sample of Malachite which is exhibited in the SBM’s Mineralogical Museum.”

Statement: Science Museum

As Museum For Future we welcome past and current efforts by the Science Museum to incorporate sustainability issues in their working practices, collections care and public education. We also recognize that there are and have to be many solutions when it comes to tackling the climate crisis and that it is imperative  to share knowledge about climate innovations with the wider public.

However, we also see direct sponsorship of the upcoming “Our Future Planet” exhibition at the Science Museum through Shell as highly problematic and contradictory.

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Join us for Earth Day, 22nd of April! #MuseumsGoGreen

Join us for Earth Day, 22nd of April! #MuseumsGoGreen

Earth Day is just around the corner… and that means it is time once again to participate in the #GreenWeek! This is our way to highlight the many initiatives surrounding climate action and Earth Day.

The world needs green museums. And while we may not be able to green our institutions overnight, we can turn our logos green and accompany that change with pledges, statements, facts about climate change and examples of best climate practice within the museum sector.

Use the #MuseumsGoGreen to connect with us and the wider community!

For the week of April 19th – 23rd, we encourage you to turn your institution’s logo green on social media and share your commentary or action on climate change. Who knows whom you might inspire!…and that’s not all!

Be ready to rumble by the end of the week, when we kick off our next #CuratorBattle. Under the same hashtag #MuseumsGoGreen, we challenge you to post your greenest object between April 22nd and 23rd!

News from our network: Europeana Network Association Climate Group

News from our network: Europeana Network Association Climate Group

“In this post, Barbara Fischer of the Europeana Network Association Climate Group shares how they are working and collaborating with other cultural heritage movements  to raise awareness of climate change in the cultural heritage sector. Find out more about a new cultural heritage climate action map and event on 19 March!”

Read the full article here!

Nature et planète : en parler, l’exposer, s’en inspirer

Nature et planète : en parler, l’exposer, s’en inspirer

Rencontres muséo Paris – « Les musées à l’heure de l’urgence environnementale »

Commissaires du cycle : Diane DrubayLaurence Perrillat et Julie Botte

Face à l’interdépendance des crises que nous vivons, qu’elles soient sociales, environnementales, climatiques et de la biodiversité, il devient crucial que les politiques et pratiques muséales aient un impact sur notre futur. L’ambition de ce programme de trois rencontres est de donner des clés de compréhension et d’activation de projets faisables et durables. Nous débuterons avec un état des lieux des différentes portes d’entrée de la transition écologique, puis nous pencherons sur le cas précis des expositions temporaires et comment l’économie circulaire nous permet d’alléger l’une des activités principales des musées, et enfin, comment la nature inspire les artistes tout autant que les professionnels des musées.

Nature et planète : en parler, l’exposer, s’en inspirer

29 juin 2021- 18h-20h – En ligne

Nous parlons de crise environnementale mais savons-nous parler de la nature et de la planète ? La connaissons-nous assez pour pouvoir imiter ses principes et comment régénérer au lieu de consommer ? Comment faire pour que les musées deviennent ces caisses de résonance des défis sociaux et environnementaux, incarnent des principes de la nature dans leurs pratiques, valorisent artistes engagés lanceurs d’alerte, offrent une plateforme de discussion et de débats pour inspirer le changement ?

S’inspirer de l’économie circulaire pour monter son exposition

S’inspirer de l’économie circulaire pour monter son exposition

Rencontres muséo Paris – « Les musées à l’heure de l’urgence environnementale »

Commissaires du cycle : Diane DrubayLaurence Perrillat et Julie Botte

Face à l’interdépendance des crises que nous vivons, qu’elles soient sociales, environnementales, climatiques et de la biodiversité, il devient crucial que les politiques et pratiques muséales aient un impact sur notre futur. L’ambition de ce programme de trois rencontres est de donner des clés de compréhension et d’activation de projets faisables et durables. Nous débuterons avec un état des lieux des différentes portes d’entrée de la transition écologique, puis nous pencherons sur le cas précis des expositions temporaires et comment l’économie circulaire nous permet d’alléger l’une des activités principales des musées, et enfin, comment la nature inspire les artistes tout autant que les professionnels des musées.

S’inspirer de l’économie circulaire pour monter son exposition

25 mai 2021- 18h-20h – En ligne

Connaissez-vous le vrai coût d’une exposition temporaire ? Que ce soit à travers la scénographie, les transports d’œuvres et des équipes, les fournisseurs ou matériaux utilisés, appliquer une approche circulaire sur la production des expositions temporaires et itinérantes est crucial pour réduire l’impact environnemental des musées.

Intervenant.e.s :

  • Alice Bonnot, commissaire d’expositions et fondatrice Villa Villa (Portugal);
  • Sylvie Bétard, co-fondatrice de la Réserve des Arts, de l’Upcyclerie et Les Augures (France).

Protest Against Shell Sponsorship of the Science Museum

Protest Against Shell Sponsorship of the Science Museum
We support UKSCN London in their effort to protest the Shell sponsorship of the London Science Museum. If you are in London, we encourage you to join their efforts!
Please read their call o action carefully: “We wrote a letter to the Science Museum calling on them to end the Shell sponsorship of their new exhibition on carbon capture and storage. Their response wasn’t good enough. Join us outside the Science Museum on the 22nd of May at 2pm to demand the Science Museum #DropShell Notes: Please remember to wear a mask and respect social distancing. We are asking groups to not bring any branded placards etc.”

Read more here!

Taking Care: In Conversation with Naman Ahuja and Concluding Thoughts

Taking Care: In Conversation with Naman Ahuja and Concluding Thoughts

“In the final week of the Matters of Care: Museum futures in times of planetary precarity conference series, keynote speaker Naman Ahuja will share thoughts on the decolonisation of museums, the globalisation of art history and issues around the showcasing of difference and the inability to translate one culture into the language of another. He will discuss the complexities of taking ideas of a universal museum and global art history to a non-western audience in conversation with Clare Harris.

Professor Naman Ahuja, Curator, art historian and Professor for Indian Art and Architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India

*KEYNOTE* ‘From India IN the World to India AND the World’

Discussant:  Professor Clare Harris, Curator for Asia Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Professor of Visual Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Register for this event here

Learn more about the event and see the entire festival program here.

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