MUSEUM SAYS NO! Refusal, Renunciation, Resistance
04 October 2018 Dee Halligan
Dee was invited to share her thoughts about the future of Museums at the launch of Goldsmiths Expanded Practice MA, a new qualification which advertises itself as a ‘radical post-disciplinary programme for practitioners who want to push the boundaries of what design can be and do’.
They work with students to ‘transform their practice as a critical and social undertaking’. One of their first contexts was museums and Dee took the platform in a brilliant day dedicated to sharing views and practice including Catherine Ince from the V&A and Oli Stratford from Disegno magazine.
Dee’s talk was called ‘Museum says No’ and ended on the slide ‘No museums’ by way of a tour of how anything from a museums organisational structure to its floor loadings can affect it’s ability to be a true repository of and authority on material culture and identity. Her highlight was a slide reflecting on how most museums collecting policies are like Reese Witherspoon (you’ll have to ask her about that to get more). What fun!
WHAT WE DO
We’ve curated exhibitions, delivered activity programmes and publications, and shaped the purpose and identity of the organisations and institutions that house them.
Facing uncertain futures, we’ve been speculating about cities and high streets, museums and shops, communities, work and education.
We’ve designed workshops and facilitated conversations, enabling big, complex and/or diverse groups of people articulate and shape their ideas
We create tools, formats and programmes, that motivate and inspire learners to unlock their potential and shift their horizons