We are pleased to share with you our latest projects and activities as well as events and articles from other organisations you may find interesting as part of your international journey.
We are delighted to announce the launch of Culture Connect’s calendar of global conferences to celebrate our first year of operations.
A year and half ago, I decided to start Culture Connect with this strong belief that the cultural sector had a critical role to play at this pivotal time in human history and could be a major agent for (re)building bridges between people, institutions and countries. Moreover, first-hand experience and the vision of many leaders in
our sector with whom I have been lucky to work closely, have taught me that integrating a global outlook to your local work is a major factor of success to thrive - no matter your size - in an increasingly complex globalised environment where business models, approaches to digital and partnership frameworks have to be re-invented.
The work we’ve conducted during this first year has brought Culture Connect to many corners of our planet and my founding belief is stronger than ever. Enabling diverse individuals to work together across borders and invite their publics to broaden their horizons is vital to build the necessary trust and understanding our world needs to face the global challenges of our time. Culture and the Arts have the extraordinary power and ability to create a sense of belonging beyond the comfort of the ‘known’. Facilitating the circulation of people, ideas and art is key to help us live better together, make the most of this hyperconnected world and jointly shape our tomorrow. Meeting colleagues from various institutions, cities, countries and keeping in tune with the latest thoughts and experimentations of colleagues from across the globe is a powerful way to foster these necessary cultural exchanges.
Now you can easily search for your next sector outing without scouring the Internet.
Aware of both our fast-paced lives and the striking amount of events organised by dedicated teams and innovative organisations worldwide, we offer to filter out your search by presenting most relevant events for you as well as highlighting deadlines for call for papers. Culture Connect calendar compiles upcoming events, symposia, and conferences on arts management, museums and cultural diplomacy/soft power across the world. This, we hope, will help you find the right platform to share your views, experiences and ideas.
We invite you to use the Culture Connect calendar to stay informed and build your global network. Wishing you many productive connections!
Culture Connect was invited to join a panel discussion engaging critically with the VASTARI report on the occasion of its launch at Christie’s Education. Anaïs Aguerre joined Neil McConnon (Head of International Enterprises at the Barbican Centre), Gillian Fox (Assistant curator, Hayward Gallery Touring at the Southbank Centre) and Bernardine Bröcker Wieder (VASTARI co-founder and CEO) to discuss some of the findings of this consultation of over 500 museums across the world. A first global attempt to gather hard facts and data on touring exhibitions and an interesting insight into museum touring practices worldwide. Data are updated on a regular basis.
(Panel discussion - London, UK)
Culture Connect visited Japan House London, a new venture that was launched on 22 June 2018 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and creative director Kenya Hara "presenting the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation and technology". This was an opportunity to see how Japan represents its culture and values abroad in light of the Cultural Olympiad building up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and ahead of the upcoming UK/Japan Season of Culture 2019/2020. Some reflections by Culture Connect’s Research Assistant, Otone Doi.
Kadamati at the Edinburgh International Festival
No Culture Connect news but simply the desire to share an extraordinary demonstration of the power of collaboration when diversity and unity dance together.
Choregraphed by Akram Khan, this amazing piece performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh during the Edinburg International Culture Summit on 22 August is a ‘spectacular outdoor mass performance which brings together communities of all backgrounds and abilities to experience a collective creative process’. The piece draws on the themes of identity, migration, and hope'. Kadamati which means ‘clay’ in Bengali conjures up the idea that we are, somehow, all connected. A few weeks later over than 700 dancers performed it in the forecourt of the Parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville in Paris, France.
Mailing of Copy Culture: Sharing in the Age of Digital Reproduction completed.
Through essays, interviews and project profiles, 'Copy Culture' edited by the talented Brendan Cormier draws from the ReACH consultation and dialogue exploring how we can, collectively, better understand the challenges and opportunities for making, storing, sharing and using digital reproductions of works of art and cultural heritage in the 21st century. It was a pleasure to support Brendan on this other important outcome of the ReACH initiative and co-sign the introduction. Being true to the open access spirit of ReACH, the book can be downloaded from the V&A website and below.
(Publication - London, UK)
Anaïs Aguerre organised as Reach Project Director a conference with UNESCO presenting the conclusion of a year of an unprecedented global consultation she led on behalf of the V&A to explore the challenges and opportunities that digital reproductions represent today and how we could collectively shape new responses to ensure that these latest technologies could help us better study, preserve and share our cultural heritage. One of the major outcomes of this initiative is the ReACH Declaration signed by museum and heritage community's leading figures. Moreover, the ReACH initiative has been a fantastic opportunity to explore how the total of our collective contributions could help us address global issue more effectively when the right international collaborative framework is created, a core mission of Culture Connect. The reception of this Declaration has been extremely positive as the desire to share best practices in the field is growing. Feel free to join, the #ReACHDialogue remains open!
The Reach Declaration translated in all the official UN-languages can be found below as well as the list of the initial signatories.
(Project / Conference - Paris, France)
On 18 May 2018, ICOM celebrates International Museum Day. The theme for this year is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”. With this in mind, Culture Connect shares some tips on easy ways to communicate and virtually meet your global colleagues to foster international collaboration.
Culture Connect worked with the Chilean Ministerio de la Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio to explore how international engagement could become a positive aspect of museums’ work in Chile. The workshop ‘working locally, thinking globally’ we planned and delivered at the Ministry in Santiago for Chilean museum professionals took place as the Ministry recently launched a new museum policy following the report on the state of museums in Chile published in December 2017. Chile is a fascinating country which hosted in 1972 the seminal roundtable organised by UNESCO in Santiago on “The Role of Museums in Today’s Latin America’ which remains a turning point for museology in Latin America.
(Workshop - Santiago, Chile)
Culture Connect was invited by Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK to take part in the ICOM UK / NMDC Annual Conference on working internationally. Anaïs shared her thoughts and insights on ‘re-thinking museum international engagement in a hyper-connected world’ as part of the ‘Working locally, Thinking globally’ panel.
(Conference - Edinburgh, UK)
As project director for ReACH, Anaïs contributed to the panel “Policies of Ownership” in the context of digital reproductions and their dissemination alongside Claudia Schnitzlein (The British Museum), the Berlin-based artists Nora Al-Badri and Nikolei Nelles and Babette Schnitzlein (Bilderfahrzeuge Project). The panel was organised in connection with the exhibition “Metadata” by the international research group Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology and Central Saints Martins University for the Arts.
(Conference - London, UK)
Article in The Art Newspaper:‘Digital obsolescence is a growing problem and ReACH commits itself to producing a set of standards that will be revised as technology evolves.’
The first edition of ‘Cultural Diplomacy in Action’ was delivered to the UCSC MA in Cultural and Digital Diplomacy’s students.
(Lectures - Rome, Italy)
Article in Apollo Magazine: ‘If ReACH can provide both a framework and a network for future debates, it will be a step in the right direction at a time when international cooperation is needed more than ever.’
After an unprecedented global consultation, the ReACH Declaration Promoting the Reproduction, Storage and Sharing of Works of Art and Cultural Heritage Through Digital Technologies was successfully launched during a public summit held at the V&A. Among the initial 19 signatories: the V&A, the Louvre Museum, the Hermitage State Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Van Gogh Museum, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Factum Arte, Yale Center for British Art, The Warburg Institute, National Gallery of Victoria and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism in particular.
Through Culture Connect, Anaïs structured and led on behalf of the V&A this major international collaboration on the reproduction of works of art and cultural heritage spearheaded by the V&A collaboration with the Peri Foundation. The completion phase runs until June 2018.
(Project - London, UK)
During Frieze, Culture Connect was invited to curate a panel on 'Authenticity in the Digital World: how will the aura of the original evolve in the 21st century?' as part of the “Blueprint Breakfast Briefings” series co-organised by Cromwell Place and Vastari. Anaïs explored with Brendan Cormier (Senior Curator, V&A), Sam Jacob (Principal, Sam Jacob Studio) and Chance Coughgenour (Programme Manager, Google Culture Institute) how the notion of authenticity is challenged by the 4th industrial revolution and this affects the cultural and heritage community.
(Conference - London, UK)
Anaïs delivered the keynote for the 2017 annual conference of ICOM – ICTOP (International Committee for the Training of Personel) looking at “Why do people matter? Museums and capacity building in the 21st century”.
(Conference - Windhoek, Namibia)