On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

People often ask what I mean if I say that the private is political. It means for me that we develop beliefs and thought patterns based on our private experiences, it means that we will engage more passionately with experiences that we share and it also means that we need more radical empathy in a time that can feel like we are so different. So here I am taking a bold step and walking the talk...

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Museums Are Not Neutral

Museums Are Not Neutral

The online dictionary Merriam-Webster defines neutrality as "the quality or state of not supporting either side in an argument, fight, war, etc. : the quality or state of being neutral". The question is whether institutions who deal with primary sources, historical and contemporary narratives and a culture that decides which discourses get public attention should engage in neutrality? My opinion is that Museums are not neutral.

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Learnings From the Interview Series What Does Success In the Arts Look Like

Learnings From the Interview Series What Does Success In the Arts Look Like

A few months ago I started with the interview series on what success looks like to arts professionals and people working in the creative industry. It is an attempt to redefine what success is and find personal attempts to define a sustainable definition of creative work. 

Since I started with the interview series I got an overwhelming feedback of people asking me if there are things left out in the editing process or if there are other behind the scenes or learnings I could share.

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Big Data or How to Assess Impact

Big Data or How to Assess Impact

In all our effort to put the puzzle pieces of this world together, analyze data or predict behavior we forget that one little factor that is not consistent in their actions: HUMANS. Predicting actions has done more harm than good. Most data collecting has to do with short-term thinking, so I'm really wondering what it can predict. If a piece goes viral are we darned to follow a recipe that predicts the next success? How does a more reasonable long-term data collecting look like and what are the parameters for success and eventually long-term impact? What are the right time scales to perceive growth and value?

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Well-being among Arts Professionals and in Creative Work: Sacrification is Not a Badge of Honor

Well-being among Arts Professionals and in Creative Work: Sacrification is Not a Badge of Honor

Self-care is a topic we usually avoid when talking about careers. We think that the mere admitting that we need to take care of ourselves might give the impression that we are weak. I didn't want to write about the topic in the first place because I feel that there are so many people out there giving advice and not walking their talk. I felt that the term became some sort of marketing strategy to sell you the latest beauty lotion. Anyways, the topic appeared in many conversations I've had with colleagues and friends over the last months on the topic of Art as Labor and I thought it might be time to finally share some thoughts I find valuable.

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