(dt. Flüchtige Zeiten: Leben in der Ungewissheit, Hamburg 2008.
Hester Dibbits: Vertrouwd bezit: materiële cultuur in Doesburg en Maassluis, 1650-
1800, Nijmegen 2001.
Hester Dibbits, Marlous Willemsen: »Stills of Our Liquid Times«, in: Sophie Elpers
und Anna Palm (Hg.): Die Musealisierung der Gegenwart: Von Grenzen und
Chancen des Sammelns in kulturhistorischen Museen, Bielefeld 2014, S. 153-
Aidan McGarry, James Jasper: The Identity Dilemma: SocialMovements and Collec-
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Jasmijn Rana, Marlous Willemsen and Hester Dibbits
. Against this background, the contribution discusses two
practical fields in which art and society interact. These consist of an overlap-
ping of art production and social movement on the one hand, and the edu-
cational mandate of art on the other. The cultural theorist Néstor García Can-
clini initially emphasizes the “aesthetic potential” of socialmovements. How-
ever, in a subsequent theoretical development, he ceases to recognize art-
works as mere products of the artistic field (Bourdieu), but instead sees them
as, “epistemological spaces, in which art and
dieser Arbeit der ausufernde und teleologisch begründete Utopiebegriff
35 Vosskamp, Wilhelm: Einleitung, in: Utopieforschung, Bd. 1, S. 3.
36 Mähl, Hans Joachim: Der poetische Staat, S. 274.
37 Braungart, Wolfgang: Die Kunst der Utopie, S. 9.
38 Besonders: Voßkamp, Wilhelm: Selbstkritik und Selbstreflexion, S. 233-243.
39 Voßkamp, Wilhelm (Hrsg.): Utopieforschung.
40 Poldervaart, Saskia: Utopian Aspekts of SocialMovements.
14 | NEUE ORTE DER UTOPIE
Ernst Blochs nicht geteilt, doch seine
The museums of democracy became temples of a secular cult. Through this,
museums had become a battleground and instrument of those who wanted to
bring into play the (new) nations and regions, with their own claims to political
validity and power. In 1857, when liberal representatives of the bourgeoisie in
Vorarlberg formed a state museum association and demanded the foundation
of a state museum, the unity invoked (and thereby ultimately the invention
of the state of Vorarlberg) was expressed in the form of a political separatism
and poststructuralist political theory), in the art world
(we can think for instance of the numerous shifts, from Russian constructivism
via the ‘happening’ to the critique of the institution) and in activism (in the new
7 | O. Marchart, Die kuratorische Funktion, pp. 172–179, and C. Mouffe, Agonistics,
8 | See H. Lidchi, The Poetics and the Politics of Exhibiting Other Cultures, pp. 151–222.
9 | See R. Muttenthaler/R. Wonisch, Gesten des Zeigens.
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socialmovements since 1968 and, more explicitly, in the wake
The author, supported by Guareschi and
Jovchelovitc11, identifies the social representations in various phenomena, such
as in conversations, in the streets, in the mass media, in informal channels of
communication, socialmovements, acts of resistance and in all social places,
among which we can include museums.12 The role played by communication in
the emerging and making of social representations and in their consequences13
is a fundamental element in Moscovici’s theory. Considering that museums
and their exhibitions are a means of communication and a place
, p. 29.
40 | Ibid., p. 39.
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socialmovements in the milieus surrounding these exhibitions, and of asso-
ciated transversal coalitions which were made possible through the initiators’
claim of addressing diverse audiences. Six years after the first exhibition, the
pastoral couple opened Toynbee Hall, a so-called ‘social settlement’, within
which both the aims of the mission and the transversal practices could be
articulated more systematically.41 Based there, artists were actively involved in
supporting key strikes, which were
between modernism and postmodernism, Amsterdam 2001
Poldervaart, Saskia: The concepts of utopianism, modernism and postmod-
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modernism, Amsterdam 2001, S. 11–30
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