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The future of collecting
The book investigates the subject of collecting from a critical perspective that queries and expands on the existing ideas of museums and archives. The approach starts from voices that criticize the absence of items and associations in collections; it then progresses to the discussion of various new collecting strategies.
The point is to take collecting seriously against a trend towards media impact-oriented exhibitions and an "economization" of collections: in order to think differently and afford it a long-term place with a view to democratization, facilitation, relationality, and immateriality.
In addition to theoretical texts and artistic contributions, the publication comprises spotlight-type discussions: statements from experts who curate and create collections – and who critically engage with them.
Martina Griesser-Stermscheg, Nora Sternfeld, Luisa Ziaja, ecm – educating/curating/managing, University of Applied Arts Vienna
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