What stories are being told and untold through objects?
The School of the Untold, this year’s Summer School’s title, places the museum at the centre of the climate crisis hurricane. But not by questioning the museum’s infrastructure and facilities, as is usually the case when museums are confronted with environmental and sustainability issues. This time, what the Heads of School, Formafantasma, are questioning through the School’s program is museology itself: how the museum’s collections and displays systems and methodologies work. An ambitious undertaking to unearth and expose the hidden stories behind our collective material culture.
By investigating, in Formafantasma’s words: “materials histories, cultural world-views, the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to ecology, colonialism, extractivism, the relation between human and non-human as well as the significance of objects as cultural conduits” we can better understand the role of the museums of applied arts in perpetuating our current relationship with materials, natural resources and the environment, and maybe change the museology status quo from inside out. The idea is that the program’s conclusions will later be part of the museum’s plan to recontextualise its permanent collection.
Summer is now more than half done; with it, we also reach the midpoint of the Summer School. The past three weeks were buzzing with weekly experimental and hands-on design workshops, collection visits and lectures guided by designers and architects, theoreticians, performance artists, curators, filmmakers and philosophers.
This is the fourth week of the program, and there are two more to come. So there are still many chances for you to join us at the Design Campus this Summer, either online or in real life.
Each week there are Digital Talks with leading thinkers across the design world as they share their analyses on today's biggest issues. If you are in Dresden, you are invited to come to our Open Studios: every Friday night in Pillnitz, a showcase of the week’s workshops results, followed by drinks and disco. Let’s dance!
As last year, we continue with the Open Gates policy for last-minute applications. If you still feel compelled to join us this Summer, you are welcome! Check out next week's workshops and get in touch with us by email. Don’t miss out!
We hope you find your way to the Design Campus before Summer is over.
-- Thomas and Aline
-- Thomas A. Geisler
Design Campus and Kunstgewerbemuseum Director
-- Aline Lara Rezende, Editor and
Design Campus Chief Knowledge and Impact Officer