Hybrid
Museum
Experience
Symposium

Ludwig Museum
– Museum of Contemporary Art
May 6-7, 2021
Budapest (Hungary)

The website is being continuously
updated with new information according
to the organizational proceeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concept 2021

GENERAL INFORMATION

During Spring 2021, HyMEx // Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium // aims to bring together leading researchers, scholars in digital and experimental museology, in collection care, curatorial practice, as well as researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to exchange views on challenging situations and latest innovations in the field of hybrid museum experiences, with a focus on
contemporary art.

The two-day symposium organised by Ludwig Museum on May 6-7, 2021 in Budapest takes place as a following stage of the path introduced by the media preservation symposium MAPS in 2015, followed by three editions.

HyMEx comes to life within an international, collaborative, practice-based research project, Beyond Matter, that takes cultural heritage and contemporary art to the verge of virtual reality and reflects on the virtual condition with a specific emphasis on its spatial aspects in art production, curating, and mediation via numerous activities and formats, such as the HyMEx Symposium. Beyond Matter takes place from 2019 to 2023; it was initiated and being led by ZKM | Karlsruhe, and includes seven partners (Centre Pompidou Paris, Tallinna Kunstihoone, Aalto University, Tirana Art Lab, Weiss AG) and Ludwig Museum. The project will celebrate its first curated event, the exhibition Spatial Affairs in April 2021 at the Ludwig Museum and will be followed right after by HyMEx in early May.

HyMEx – FOCUS | CONCEPT

The transmogrified entity of the museum: how to deconstruct and reconstruct the hybrid experience through the involvement of pluridisciplinary angles and by the means of physical, virtual, spatial and socio-political exposures.

Museums as defined geographical spaces have been settled institutions since their inception. They provide a physical and theoretical location allowing assemblies and working as a platform for encounters between people, so as to exchange ideas and to produce knowledge. Museums indicate, but also contribute to social change. However, in the first quarter of the 21st century, the palpable boundaries of museums seem to be blurred: Where does the museum begin, since its physical demarcation lines have lost their almighty substance and since the museum experience does not begin at the entrance, nor stops at the exit?

Museums have the tendency to expand onto digital platforms and create additional content regardless of the location of the audience. The digital world increasingly dominates a museum’s reality and even before that, the audience’s reality. It intertwines the physical with the virtual, blurs the edges of sensing the dimensions that called the institution of the museum to life, such as the linearity of time. Under such circumstances, the museum shall transmogrify into a hybrid entity which may embrace at once a geographical location, various digital platforms, manifold ways of mediation, immersive knowledge production, participation and exchange.

It is one way to describe the hybrid museum experience, however the roles museums may hold within a wide spectrum of societies and the concept of the museum space approached from a perspective where virtual has a meaning beyond computer-generated technology anticipates an approach where the question is less about the technological side of the hybrid experience, rather than the participatory side.

The symposium aims to search for interpretations of the hybrid museum experience within the contemporary art scene in the light of spatial and societal aspects, to elucidate the possibility of the deterritorialization of the museum space, or to understand the ways of constructing participative solutions through which the museum may be an active mediator towards the audience. Also, how to get hold of the ecosystems of museum experiences, or allow an insight into what immersive technologies may hold beyond the visual, personal experience per se?
And as for stepping outside of its own confines: Can the hybrid museum experience help contemporary art gain more responsible functions in a societal context, further than cultural mediation?

HyMEx attempts pluridisciplinary perspectives that remain relevant and constitute a credible source of reference towards the artist, the artwork, the exhibition, the visitor and the museum expert.

Speakers

The list of speakers (invited and selected through the call for papers) as well as the additional information about the speakers (short bio, abstract, etc.) will be gradually completed in the upcoming months. Thank you for checking back later!

Christiane PAUL

Christiane PAUL

Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (USA) | Director of Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (The New School / USA)

Boris GROYS

Professor at the New York University (USA)
Bruce Altshuler

Bruce ALTSHULER

Director of Program in Museum Studies, New York University (USA)
Tania AEDO ARANKOWSKY

Tania AEDO ARANKOWSKY

Cultural producer | Coordinator at Cátedra Max Aub (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / MEX)

Philippe BETTINELLI

curator, New Media Department / Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (FRA) 
Daniel BIRNBAUM

Daniel BIRNBAUM

Artistic Director of Acute Art

Dr. Tegan BRISTOW

University of the Witwatersrand, Wits School of Arts (ZAF) | Director of Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (ZAF)

Bruno BRULON SOARES

Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO / BRA)
Prof. Lily DÍAZ-KOMMONEN

Prof. Lily DÍAZ-KOMMONEN

Department of Media - Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FIN)

Jonathan DOTSE

science fiction writer, digital hypermedia artist, Founder of AfroCyberPunk Interactive (GHA)
Sarah Kenderdine

Prof. Sarah KENDERDINE

Head of Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) | Director & lead curator: EPFL Pavilions (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / CHE)

Seong Eun KIM

Director of Nam June Paik Art Center (KOR)
Joasia KRYSA

Joasia KRYSA

Liverpool John Moores University (GBR) | Liverpool Biennial (GBR)

Corina L. APOSTOL

curator / Tallinna Kunstihoone (EST) | curator / Estonian Pavilion, 59th Venice Biennale
Anna LESHCHENKO

Anna LESHCHENKO

Vice-Chair of ICOFOM (ICOM - International Committee for Museology)

Zsófia RUTTKAY PhD

University Professor (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design / HUN) | Digital Curator (dimu.hu)

Ben VICKERS

curator, writer, publisher and technologist

Call for Papers

jump to Application Form »»

The application process is closed! Thank you for your interest!

HyMEx – Call for Papers

HyMEx – Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art
May 6-7, 2021 // Budapest (Hungary)

The programme of the Symposium is composed of a number of invited international speakers (see Speakers), as well as of the participation of speakers chosen through a call for papers procedure.

Deadline: Monday February 22, 2021 – Midnight CET // The application process is closed! Thank you for your interest!
Submission: Please fill out the application form on hymex2021.ludwigmuseum.hu (Call for papers section, see below)
Submission and presentation language: English
Eligible regions for applicants: East-Central Europe, South-East Europe, Baltic States (please check below the Guide for Applicants section for details)

HyMEX – General information

The transmogrified entity of the museum: how to deconstruct and reconstruct the hybrid experience through the involvement of pluridisciplinary angles and by the means of physical, virtual, spatial and socio-political exposures.

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest) organizes on May 6-7, 2021 the HyMEx // Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium: Ludwig Museum aims to bring together leading researchers, scholars in digital and experimental museology, collection care, curatorial practice, art mediation, as well as researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to exchange views on challenging situations and latest innovations in the field of hybrid museum experiences, with a focus on contemporary art.

The two-day symposium (planned for the moment as a hybrid event) comes to life within an international, collaborative, practice-based research project, Beyond Matter, that takes cultural heritage and contemporary art to the verge of virtual reality and reflects on the virtual condition with a specific emphasis on its spatial aspects in art production, curating, and mediation via numerous activities and formats, such as the HyMEx Symposium. Beyond Matter takes place from 2019 to 2023; it was initiated and being led by ZKM | Karlsruhe, and includes seven partners (Centre Pompidou Paris, Tallinna Kunstihoone, Aalto University, Tirana Art Lab, Weiss AG and Ludwig Museum).

The aim of HyMEx is to provide a wide platform for thought-provoking ideas concerning a topic that is essential in the everyday life of most art museums.

HyMEx – Concept

Museums as defined geographical spaces have been settled institutions since their inception. They provide a physical and theoretical location allowing assemblies and functioning as a platform for encounters between people, so as to exchange ideas and to produce knowledge.

Museums indicate, but also contribute to social change. However, in the first quarter of the 21st century, the palpable boundaries of museums seem to be blurred: Where does the museum begin since its physical demarcation lines have lost their almighty substance and since the museum experience does not begin at the entrance, nor stops at the exit?

Museums have the tendency to expand onto digital platforms and create additional content regardless of the location of the audience. The digital world increasingly dominates a museum’s reality and even before that, the audience’s reality. It intertwines the physical with the virtual, blurs the edges of sensing the dimensions that called the institution of the museum to life, such as the linearity of time. Under such circumstances, the museum shall transmogrify into a hybrid entity that may embrace at once a geographical location, various digital platforms, manifold ways of mediation, immersive knowledge production, participation and exchange.
It is one way to describe the hybrid museum experience, however the roles museums may hold within a wide spectrum of societies and the concept of the museum space approached from a perspective where virtual has a meaning beyond computer-generated technology anticipate an approach where the question is less about the technological side of the hybrid experience than the participatory side.

The symposium aims to seek interpretations of the hybrid museum experience within the contemporary art scene in the light of spatial and societal aspects, to elucidate the possibility of the deterritorialization of the museum space, or to understand the ways of constructing participative solutions through which the museum may be an active mediator towards the audience. Also, how to get hold of the ecosystems of museum experiences, or allow an insight into what immersive technologies may hold beyond the visual, personal experience per se? And as for stepping outside of its own confines: Can the hybrid museum experience help contemporary art gain more responsible functions in a societal context, further than cultural mediation?

HyMEx attempts to find pluridisciplinary perspectives that remain relevant and constitute a credible source of reference towards the artist, the artwork, the exhibition, the visitor and the museum expert.

HyMEx – Topics of interest

  • Knowledge Production under Virtual Condition
  • Economy of Museum Experiences
  • Crises and the Hybrid Museum
  • Participatory Involvement
  • Deterritorialization and the Hybrid Museum
  • Cognitive Processes around the Hybrid Formula
  • Interface and its Dissolution

Guide for Applicants

Deadline: Monday February 22, 2021 – Midnight CET
Submission: Please fill out the application form on
hymex2021.ludwigmuseum.hu
Submission and presentation language: English

Eligibility Conditions
The Selection Committee is encouraging in the first place young emerging professionals from the museum field and beyond to apply – however there is no age limit for the application.
According to the mission of Ludwig Museum to focus on the Central and Eastern European region, applicants should be originated from (place of birth), residing on long-term in and / or having the nationality of one of the following East-Central European and South-East European countries, completed with the Baltic States:
Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

Format of the presentation
The Ludwig Museum is awaiting applications for stand-alone paper format.
The presentation at the Symposium will be of 20 minutes length, with visuals (details will be communicated to the selected applicants later on) and in fluent English.

Application procedure
The application form on the following link has to be filled out before February 22, 2021, midnight CET: hymex2021.ludwigmuseum.hu No application uploaded after will be accepted. The length of the abstract should not exceed 2000 characters (spaces included). A short biography of 1500 characters (spaces included) maximum should accompany the abstract, briefing the Selection Committee on the professional background and research field of the applicant. One applicant can submit only one application. We only welcome individual applications. We will not be able to accept applications through mail or post (a confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting your application).

Costs
The Symposium will take place in Budapest (venue in the Auditorium located within the Palace of Arts / Müpa including the Ludwig Museum) and we are working on adapting the Symposium’s structure to the possibilities shaped by the global pandemic situation. Hence we would offer a hybrid participation: in fortunate conditions, the Symposium will remain partly physical and partly streamed online, otherwise, we will be prepared to become fully online. The ability to travel remains a question until the last moment, hence we are prepared for both possibilities. For selected speakers, a support for participation is allocated – however all information below needs to be specified later on, before the actual purchase of tickets according to the new changes / developments.
In case of participating in the Symposium with a physical presence, the Museum would cover the travel expenses up until 150 euros within Europe. As for the accommodation, the organizers would be able to offer up to 2 nights for one person at a partner hotel of the Museum. In case of no possibility to travel, a one occasion per diem of 100 euros would be granted for the presentation online.

Selection
The Selection Committee will choose up to five (5) applications to integrate them in the panels of the Symposium based on the pertinence of the application and the complexity of its approach.

Notice of acceptance: by March 12, 2021

For inquiries, please contact us: hymex@ludwigmuseum.hu
Please do not hesitate to write in case we might be of guidance.

Looking forward to meeting you or e-meeting you at the HyMEx Symposium,
HyMEx Selection Committee

The application process is closed! Thank you for your interest!

Application Form

    General information

    Title

    Given name *

    Surname (Prefix)

    Surname *

    Profession / Main affiliation *

    E-mail *

    Date of birth *

    Country of birth *

    City of birth *

    Country of residence *

    City of residence *

    Nationality *

    Gender *

    Please select your main topic of submission *

    Presenter details

    Short biography *
    (max. 1500 characters including spaces)

    Profile picture *
    (JPG/PNG/GIF/BMP, min. 500x500 pixels, max. 2 MB)

    Presentation details

    Abstract title *

    Abstract *
    (maximum 2000 characters including spaces)

    Additional file(s)
    (optional, maximum 3 files in JPG/PNG/PDF/DOC format)


    Additional information or remarks relevant regarding the submission process
    (maximum 2000 characters including spaces)

    Info

    LUDWIG MUSEUM – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, BUDAPEST

    Ludwig Museum, Budapest was established in 1989 through the initiative of Peter and Irene Ludwig and hence is part of the big network of Ludwig Museums worldwide. The permanent collection contains valuable pieces from significant artists of American pop art (Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg etc.) while it has a strong focus on the Eastern and Central-Eastern European region, besides putting a special emphasis on representing Hungarian art from the 1960’s to recent days in an international context. Ludwig Museum’s collection is the biggest collection of international contemporary art in Hungary and enfolds all together more than 800 works.

    Ludwig Múzeum

    On its three exhibition floors, with its average 8 temporary exhibitions per year completed with the semi-permanent selection, international programmes and events, the Museum makes every effort to render contemporary art available and accessible to the widest possible public embracing the youngest generations as well as the elder ones, while enabling the understanding of today’s visual culture. The museum works also as a research centre for museum pedagogy, regularly organizes research-based conferences, gives home to the Venice Biennale Office and works as a major initiator within the Hungarian scene for participatory initiatives and diverse endeavours like the ARTtransfer prize. Ludwig Museum is a major cultural attraction in Budapest and takes through its activities a leading role in shaping the country’s 21st century image.

    HyMEx Project Manager: Borbála KÁLMÁN art historian, curator (Ludwig Museum)
    Concept of HyMEx: Lívia NOLASCO-RÓZSÁS (ZKM | Hertz-Lab), Borbála KÁLMÁN (Ludwig Museum)
    HyMEx Project Supervisor: József KÉSZMAN – Head of Exhibition Department (Ludwig Museum)
    HyMEx Project Assistant: Fruzsina FEIGL – curator assistant, collection care assistant (Ludwig Museum)

    Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications of Ludwig Museum: Zsuzsanna FEHÉR
    Director of Ludwig Museum: Dr. Julia FABÉNYI

    Beyond Matter / Initiator, Head of Project: Lívia NOLASCO-RÓZSÁS (ZKM | Hertz-Lab) / www.beyondmatter.eu

    Web Design: Zoltán SZMOLKA
    Web Developer: András SZŐNYI
    Texts: © Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest / 2020

    contact:

    hymex@ludwigmuseum.hu

    Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
    www.ludwigmuseum.hu
    +36 1 555 3444
    H-1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

    Registration 

    Registration will open from around mid-March 2021, please check back later for more details!

    The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

     

    HyMEx is organized within the Beyond Matter project-frame.

     

    Partners of Beyond Matter