The voice message of the art educator and curator—Nora Sternfeld takes the form of a dialogue, in which she invites the listener to join the conversation and to think together about the transformations that the modern museum is undergoing in today's neolibral world, with its logic of continuous privatization of the public sphere. Sternfeld questions the processes of turning away from the history of the museum saturated with conflicts and struggles and suggests that we should instead address and face these conflicts in order to collectively re-imagine the institution of display as a place of commoning. Her notions of 'radicalised mediation' and 'para-museum' are therefore introduced in the message not only as theoretical propositions, but rather as concrete strategies for questioning existing power relations inside and beyond the museum; as ways to relate to both, the social struggles and the silenced histories of institutional archives.
Instead of the usual online lectures, the speakers of the symposium* were suggested the format of a voice message, like an informal address to the audience. The voice messages provide an opportunity to learn about the intellectual landscape of four international contemporary cultural workers and researchers. You can discuss these messages with speakers and other listeners in the meeting point section.