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Conferences & Workshops

In addition to the 8000 m² exhibition area, Museum Connections offers its visitors a cycle of international conferences and workshops.

We’ve prepared two days of inspiring talks and workshops for the cultural professionals who want to make their institution evolve along with the world around them.

Program 2020

  • Inspiration Room
  • Learning Room


Wednesday, January 15

The Future of Museum’s Communities

11h00 – 11h45

Engage and Act – Which Role for Museums in Community Advocacy on Global Challenges?

Museums are a powerful platform for reflection, expression, interaction and social action strongly rooted in a territorial, economic, cultural and social policy. Leaving their neutrality aside, museums address current issues in different ways, by raising awareness or become an activist institution. They foster a greater social cohesion by engaging with indigenous communities, grass-rooted movements or simply with their neighbors and visitors. In a society which lacks the physical, democratic and intellectual space to grow, museum developp deep relationships of trust and collaboration and become this civic entity capable of changing our societies by working with individuals.

#neighbors #neighborood #local #community #activism #meaning #social change

#MuseumVision

Speakers:

Annesofie Norn, Curator, UN Live Museum (Denmark)

Sylvie Zaidman, Director, Musée de la Libération de Paris (France)

Florence Schechter, Founder, Vagina Museum (United Kingdom)

Nova Consulting (France)

The Future of Museum’s Communities

11h00 – 11h45
11h45 – 12h30

Care and Support – How Well-Being Creates a New Bond Between the Museum and Local Communities?

While spaces are lacking and individuals seek ever more meaningful and transformative human interactions, museums provide inspiration, well-being and support to audiences in all their diversity. Whether through meditation sessions or programs to care for patients with dementia, museums work intensively with local organizations to put their collections at the service of well-being.

#local #region #democracy #social change

#MuseumVision

Speakers:

Ronan Brindley, Head for Learning and Engagement, Manchester Art Gallery (United Kingdom)

Estelle d’Almeida, Project Manager Art Détox, Centre Pompidou (France)

Elisabeth Ioannides, Education Curator & Αrt Psychotherapist, National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens (Greece)

11h45 – 12h30
The Future of Museum Immersion

14h00 – 15h00

Immersive Storytelling – How it is shaking up the exhibition industry

We are in an era where culture and art are consumed as educational, sensory or entertaining experiences. The new physicalities we give to exhibitions push the limits of reality, play on our perceptions and embark on these exceptional journeys where knowledge is no longer textual or factual, but sensory and experiential. Knowing how to create an immersive exhibition such as those that make thousands of entries every month is not something that everyone is born with, this type of transformation requires a change in the way we design the content on display and the visitor, but also the way we co-produce exhibitions.

#narratives #video #storytelling #VR #MR #empathy #exhibition #immersion

#MuseumTech

Moderator:

Sophie Egly, Co-Founder Culture&Co + Author “100 expositions qui ont marqué Paris depuis 1900” (France)

Speakers:

Roei Amit, Head of Digital and Multimedia, RMN Grand Palais (France)

Mike Jones, Senior Producer, Marshmallow Laser Feast (United Kingdom)

Lawrence Chiles, Head of Digital, National Gallery of London (United Kingdom)

The Future of Museum Immersion

14h00 – 15h00
15h15 – 16h15

The Place of Human Interactions in VR Visits

As technological as a virtual reality experiment can be, the impact on memories and emotions can go further than reality making the importance of human interaction fundamental. For the visitor’s journey to go beyond the content produced in virtual reality, a reflection on the physical, intellectual and sensory support of the visitor must be carried out. Today, it is a question of working on the visitor’s experience in its entirety and this involves mediation, scenography, immersion and visitor participation.

#VR #MR #Empathy #Exposure #Narrative #Scenography #Mediation

#MuseumTech

Moderator:

Ana Brzezińska, Review Committee, Kaleidoscope VR (United States/Poland)

Speakers:

Karim Ben Khelifa, Journalist / Producer, The Enemy (Germany)

Paul Bouchard, VR acquisitions & international distribution, Diversion Cinema (France)

Fabien Barati, CEO, Emissive (France)

15h15 – 16h15
16h30 – 17h30

Models for Financing and Operating VR for Culture

We have passed a milestone: there is no longer any question today of producing virtual reality content for the pleasure of doing so. It is now essential to set up the plan for the financing, distribution and dissemination of virtual reality productions, that the project should no longer be a subject for press coverage but that it should be integrated into the museum’s strategy as a new element of the institution’s cultural production. The question of the model of exploitation of cultural virtual reality can no longer be taken lightly.

#Business #VR

#MuseumTech

Speakers:

Christophe Salomon, Head of Francophone and Digital Development, Sunny Side of the Doc (France)

Saskia Bakhuys, Head of audiovisual productions, Musée d’Orsay (France)

Stéphanie Targui, Head of Digital Content, MNHN (France)

Paul Bouchard, VR acquisitions & international distribution, Diversion Cinema (France)

Mike Jones, Senior Producer, Marshmallow Laser Feast (United Kingdom)

Ana Brzezińska, Review Committee, Kaleidoscope VR (United States/Poland)

16h30 – 17h30


Thursday, January 16

The Future of Museum Retail

10h30 – 11h15

New Retail Adventures: A Vision for the Future

#MuseumShop #Trends #Future

Speakers:

Frances Croxford, Founder, The Seeking State (United Kingdom)

Marianne Lesimple, Sales and Marketing Director, RMN-Grand Palais (France)

Philine Hofman, Head of retail and merchandising, Rijksmuseum (The Netherlands)

The Future of Museum Retail

10h30 – 11h15
11h15 – 11h45

How to implement lifestyle trends in museum retail

#MuseumShop #Trends

Speaker:

Anna Borsboom, Founderr, Stylink (The Netherlands)

11h15 – 11h45
11h45 – 12h30

Turn Your Museum Green, from Your Offices to Your Shop

Marianne Lesimple, Sales and Marketing Director, RMN Grand Palais (France) As cultural referent for our societies, museums have a major role to play in the current green revolution to make green the main culture of today and guide visitors through this emergency state we are in. Museums can become green revolution agents by being active examples of sustainable practices, raising awareness on the current climate issues by changing their own behaviour and priorities. This session will focus on practical actions to make within the museum, the offices, the production of exhibitions, the relations with partners, the products consumed or sold, etc.

#greenmuseum #greenfuture #sustainability #planet #meaning

#MuseumVision #MuseumShop

Speakers:

Jeanine Aalfs, Retail Manager, TropenMuseum (The Netherlands)

Philine Hofman, Head of Retail and Merchandising, Rijksmuseum (The Netherlands)

Marianne Lesimple, Sales and Marketing Director, RMN Grand Palais (France)

11h45 – 12h30
The Future of Mediation

14h00 – 15h00

What does it mean to produce inclusive mediation tools in 2020?

The pilot period is over, it is now time to produce waste-free content that is already fully accessible, taking into account the diversity of the museum’s audiences and the potential of open data collections. In this session, we will discuss the new technological opportunities available to museums today to produce mediation tools differently, by industrializing raw data intelligently through open APIs, artificial intelligence, user-generated content, etc.

#mediation #ai #api #automation #opendata #openculture

#MuseumTech

Speakers:

Livdeo (France)

More to be announced

The Future of Mediation

14h00 – 15h00
15h00 – 15h45

Beyond Access: Engagement Strategies for Open Data

After museums have released open data, what comes next? How can technology transform how people connect with cultural heritage collections?
In this session, leading cultural heritage professionals will explain how they creatively put open data principles into practice. They’ll share stories and strategies on how partnerships and experimentation can amplify the value of open data, realise new perspectives and add value to museum collections.

#opendata #openapi #openculture

#MuseumTech

Speakers:

Facilitator: Douglas McCarthy, Collections Manager, Europeana Foundation (The Netherlands)

David Haskiya, Head of Digital Dissemination, Swedish National Heritage Board (Sweden)

Céline Chanas, Director, Musée de Bretagne à Rennes (France)

Michal Čudrnák, Head of Digital Collections, Slovak National Gallery (Slovakia)

Philippe Rivière, Head of Communication and Digital, Paris Musées (France)




16h00 – 16h45

Exhibiting the Future 

How futuristic should an exhibition on the future be? Dealing with the tomorrow in an exhibition suggests using the latest technologies and innovative ideas, creating an image of an approaching or distant future, imagining what is not yet imagined – or is it the ability to talk about today’s future, with today’s words and tools. Which place to give to humans in an exhibition about the future? What scenographies, curatorial or exhibition biases do exhibition managers take today to expose the future?

#Exhibition #Scenography #Robot #AI #Mediation

#MuseumTech

Speakers:

Stefanie Borgmann, Exhibition Consultant, Futurium (Germany)

Anna Labouze & Keimis Henni, Artistic Directors, Magasins Généraux (France)

TBC

15h00 – 15h45
16h15 – 17h00

The Conference & Workshop program will be announced very soon on this page

Program are subject to modification

The sixth edition of the Museum Connections conference cycle will blend inspiration sessions, debates and discussions around subjects that are key today for the museum field of tomorrow.

Divided into four half-days of professional training in small groups, this space will be dedicated to subjects that require particular focus in order to guide museums through current transformations.

Registration is required for each workshop.

How ? 100 euros per workshops

The future of museum shops

The future of immersion

The future of mediation

The future of museums and its communities