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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.

Moderator:

Diane Drubay, Curator, Museum Connections (France)

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)

Ai Jingfang, Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Museums Association (China)

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

Moderator:

Diane Drubay, Curator, Museum Connections (France)

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)

Julien Bernard, President, Nova Consulting (France)

Elisha Karmitz, CEO, MK2+ (France)

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:

Stephan Faudeux, Publisher and Director of Publication,  Génération Numérique / Sonovision (France)

Speakers:

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

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

Fabien Barati, CEO, Emissive (France)

Alexandra Dromard, Head of Digital Mediation, Centre des Monuments Nationaux (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, Kaleidoscope VR (United States)

Marie Sandrine Cadudal, Head of the Culture Department, Nova Consulting (France)

16h30 – 17h30


Thursday, January 16

The Future of Museum Retail

10h30 – 11h15

Enterprising Spirit: The Future of Cultural Retail

2030: How will cultural shopping adapt to changing agendas and technologies? What will be the impact of the circular economy on the cultural economy? How will the souvenir evolve wit the Internet of Things? How will the emerging Mirror World transform the world of heritage retailing?

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

Lifestyle trends tell us how values are changing in society. To be more relevant and profitable, museum stores need to embrace those underlying values and motives, and adjust their product range and visual merchandise accordingly. In her talk, trendwatcher Anna Borsboom will show how museum stores can implement trend insights in their assortment, design and marketing.

Speaker:

Anna Borsboom, Founderr, Stylink (The Netherlands)

11h15 – 11h45
11h45 – 12h30

Turn Your Museum Green, from Your Offices to Your Shop

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

Moderator:

Ciprian Melian, CEO, Livdeo (France)

Speakers:

Jean-Pierre Chabrol, Head of Digital Media, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Australia)

Laurent Bourdereau, Director, Maison de la Vache Qui Rit (France)

Laetitia Ouakil, Founder, Interface handicap (France)

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

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

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)

Vincent Autin, Founder, Yunow (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

Moderator:

Francine Guillou, Journalist, Le Journal des Arts (France)

Speakers:

Stefanie Borgmann, Exhibition Consultant, Futurium (Germany)

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

Barbara Kiolbassa, Research Associate, ZKM (Germany) 

Yannick Hofmann, Research Associate, Hertz-Lab, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany)

15h00 – 15h45
16h15 – 17h00


Wednesday, January 15

11h00 – 13h

Multi-source data aggregation for the visit experience

More and more data now surround the museum world. Their exploitation requires the use of new tools and opens up the field of possibilities. Come and discover through this workshop how the valorisation and cross-referencing of these data can allow you to improve the visitor experience and thus contribute to the loyalty of your audiences. We will present the achievements and future projects resulting from the collaboration between La Monnaie de Paris and Arenametrix. Then, we will end the workshop with a Business Game on the Arenametrix solution, accessible from the web. Through simulations, take the tool in hand!
 
Speakers:

Ludovic Bordes, CEO, Arenametrix (France) 

Morgane LE GELDRON, Sales Manager, – 11 Conti Monnaie de Paris (France) 

Clément Rousset, Key Account Manager, Arenametrix (France)

 
11h00 – 13h
14h – 16h

Implementing trends into your Museum Shop A workshop in two parts: inspirational and practical

Get a feeling of what is next in the retail and culture world and how you could adapt your shop design and products range to your client’s desires. This will bring you the inspiration to use in the second part, where you will design your own museum merchandise, connect a #hashtag to it and expose it on Instagram. Clever, insightful and a true eye opener! 

The workshop will be guided by: Anna Borsboom – Trendwatcher, speaker and author (www.stylink.nl) Ellen Groenveld – Consultant in the business of museum shops (www.cultuurenretail.nl)

14h – 16h
16h30 – 18h

Immersive Exhibitions – How to create the best format for Culture?

Fabien Barati and Guillaume Martini invite you to discover a new format: the first dematerialized exhibitions in the world. A solution capable of transporting the public through space and time, to discover the greatest cultural sites. Based on a novel virtual reality system, it is experienced in the form of a guided tour in groups and in free movement. Using concrete examples, you will discover how this solution meets the needs of museums and the growing expectations of the public: Strong attractiveness Management of large flows Simple logistics Profitable model

Speakers: 

Fabien Barati, CEO, Emissive (France)

Guillaume Martini, Creative director (France)

16h30 – 18h


Thursday, January 16

10h30 – 13h

Artificial Intelligence in the Name of Art and Culture

This training course on art and artificial intelligence has three objectives: 

– To enable its participants to understand the contours and subtleties of this technology by deconstructing their preconceived ideas. 

– Invite them to discover and experiment with the applications of this technology at cultural sector. 

– Give them concrete keys to support and implement projects that mobilize of artificial intelligence within their structure. 

This training is intended for an audience of about twenty people maximum. None None technical knowledge is not required. The duration of the training is three hours with a break in the middle.

Speakers:

Marion Carré, CEO, Ask Mona (France)

Valentin Schmite, CEO, Ask Mona (France)

Robin Mahou, Data-scientist, Ask Mona (France)

10h30 – 13h

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