International conference “Can museums play?” – Bologna 6 March 2015

Can Museums Play? Conference

Can Museums Play? Conference

I participated in: Can museums play? International Conference
6 March 2015, 9:00-17:00
Bologna, Terza torre , Viale della Fiera 3

Museums can be perceived as solemn, grand and outdated places.
The congress is approaching the question “Can museums play?” based on this impression and will explore the relationships that can be created between museums and play.The avant-garde art of the 20th century was often inspired by means of play. This created a kinship, which can be mirrored today to approach art in unconventional ways. How access to museums and their collections can be created through play will be discussed and shared by the speakers.
The congress will be streamed live on

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Added value How can play broaden the assortment of services provided by the museum?
Storytelling How can play highlight contents and differences in a collection? How can you turn characteristics of objects into play?
Participation How can play increase the number of visitors and how can they become expertly visitors
Outreach How can play nurture the outreach of museums beyond the obvious and familiar?
Communication and Education How can play enrich methods of education and communication? Can it help discover the museum through arousing emotions, inspiring new approaches and helping understand the past? (From NEMO website)

Session 1: 9-13

  • Roberto Farné, University of Bologna
  • Annemies Broekgaarden, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Almut Grüner, Freilichtmuseum (openair museum) Neuhausen (Neuhausen, Germany)
  • Flavio Tuliozi, Italiantoy/Calembour design
  • Margherita Sani, Instituto Beni Culturali and NEMO network (Italy)

Session 2: 14-17

  • Ute Marxreiter, research assistant, Education, Outreach, Visitor Services, General Directorate Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)
  • Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Museum of European Cultures (Berlin, Germany)
  • Francesco Zurlo, Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy)
  • Davide Baruzzi and Rosanna Spanò, BAM! Strategie Culturali

The webinar is organized by Alessandra Falconi.

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