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The future of display culture

The ARTos foundation in Nicosia will host the lecture Future Museum with Chris Dercon on Monday at 7.30pm.

The Belgian art historian and curator, and former director of Tate Modern in London, will speak about how solid, vertical and expensive buildings may be a thing of the past when it comes to museums. In fact, Tate Modern will probably be one of the last examples of this kind of a traditional museum.

Dercon will discuss the fact that in the future a museum will no longer be just a matter of building, and how the kind of space that a museum occupies should be re-thought. The space could be a digital one.

“We have to think of a new form of museum architecture that isn’t just architecture, but is also about new organisational and financial models. Conceiving a perfect space for art and artists – I don’t think that’s a priority any longer. We have to consider sharing, interconnectivity, and cultural participation: what does the viewer want and need?” Dercon said.

The lecture by Dercon is part of the project MELLON that the foundation has taken on. The project features a series of presentations by distinguished experts on the design of actions, Future Museum to be followed by Future Cities, Post Humanoid, as well as the fields of Arts & Sciences.

The project was triggered by a new theory of time put forward by Dr Bradford Skow, Philosophy Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This theory suggests that the past, present and future co-exist. The difference is that the present does not constitute a display of time but a temporarily dispersed state.

Future Museum
Lecture by Chris Dercon on the future museum. September 26. ARTos Foundation, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. In English. Tel: 22-445456

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