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Summary – How will new media continue changing our society?

How will mobile communication and digital technology continue to change the use of modern media in future?  What is the social and economic impact of advances in media technology and the rapidly changing use of media on the cultural sector?

Stephanie Czerny, DLD Media GmbH/Hubert Burda Media

Three 10-min lectures:

The Stranger’s Guide to the Museum Galaxy
Prof. Dr. Martin Grossmann, Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo, Brazil

The 20th Century art museum is based on a consolidated paradigm, that of the “white cube”. Predominately, this is the template considered to be an universal model for the art museum having the MoMA in New York as exponent. Consistent criticism has been able, however, to deconstruct this museum type revealing the epistemology and ideologies that lies behind its prevailing presence around the world. One of the outcomes is the fact that other museum typologies are regaining recognition and that today we are able to experience varied mise-en-scènes in the sphere of art. This criticism, as a force field (Adorno), is in constant action, very active, and produced by different processes, means and forms, be it through theory, artistic actions, educational programs, new architectures and critical platforms. However there is a remarkable contemporary cultural phenomenon that relates to this scenario that deserves full attention: the paradoxical museum.
It is clearly a result of the “Society of Spectacle” (Debord), having as a background museum enterprises such as e.g. Paris’ Beoubourg, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, London’s Tate Modern and the updating of the MoMA. This shift from paradigm to paradox is most evident nowadays in the inevitable polemical proposal launched by the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
My contribution to the Conference intends to offer a storyboard of a critical guide to museum goers/users facing this contemporary cultural phenomenon. This critical guide might, in the future, take the form of a book or other possible digital knowledge interfaces.

Digital as Media
Jin-Yo Mok, Arts & Creative Technology Centre, Asian Culture Complex, Gwangju, Korea

We Still Have a Long Way to Go before the Spiritual Centre of Our Republic Fills the Emptiness of its Spaces
Dr. Jur. Alexander Kluge, lawyer, filmmaker, literary author, Düsseldorf

The Humboldt Forum project presents a challenge to all forms of media, and above all to the concept of ‘the public’ as such. It doesn’t suffice to extend our gaze from the German Republic to the nations of the rest of the world. The question should be: Which things have been in constant flux on our planet since Pangaea, before and after the invention of script? And how much of that is represented by the current public? What differentiates the long-term perspective of “accessible history” from the short-windedness of the present? How are society, processes of change, anchors of character—that is, everything we call the present—entangled with all other times? What is the role of the moving image in all this? My presentation will be informed by Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects and Hermann Parzinger’s Die Kinder des Prometheus: Eine Geschichte der Menschheit vor der Erfindung der Schrift.