Reflecting on Learning Processes

The Museumsakademie at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the work of Andrea Fraser

In the afternoon we offered two parallel workshops, one by Luisa Ziaja: Institutionskritik im Museum (Institutional critique in the museum) and one by Elke Zobl: Ein Experiment zur Institutionskritik (An experiment on institutional critique). In the workshop with Luisa Ziaja, participants visited and engaged with the exhibition of the Generali Foundation at the Museum der Moderne and asked if artistic institutional critique has left traces in the Museum.

 

Elke Zobl conducted the second workshop. Here, we started out with Andrea Fraser’s work Four Posters: Lake George (1984), in which she takes posters that she bought at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s museum shop and makes an artistic intervention, thereby dismantling the implicit assumptions of the collection. We paralleled her Four Posters work by buying posters from the Museum der Moderne’s museum shop. We worked with them by reflecting on issues we had discussed that day. In the example you see here, the group wanted to explore the split personality of Andrea Fraser; torn between a critique of the museum or the art field and her concurrent attempt to be a recognized part of it.

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Alberro, Alexander (ed.) (2005):  Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, Cambridge/London. MIT Press; Cambridge/London. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/museum-highlights

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Bourdieu, Pierre (1984): Distinction. A social critique of the judgment of taste. Routledge.

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Bourdieu, Pierre (2005): Foreword. In: Alberro, Alexander Alberro (ed.): Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, xiv–xv.

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Dertnig, Carola/Seibold, Stephanie (eds.) (2006):  Let‘s Twist Again. If you Can’t Think It, Dance It. Performance in Vienna from 1960 until today. A psycheographic map, D.E.A. Gumpoldskirchen: Buch- und Kunstverlag.

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Fraser, Andrea (1997): What’s Intangible, Transitory, Mediating, Participatory, and Rendered in the Public Sphere? In: October, vol. 80, Spring 1997, 111–116.

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Fraser, Andrea (2005): It’s Art When I Say It’s Art, or…  In: Alberro, Alexander Alberro (ed.): Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, 37–44.

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Kastner, Jens (2009): Die ästhetische Disposition. Eine Einführung in die Kunsttheorie Pierre Bourdieus. Vienna: Turia+ Kant.

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Museum der Moderne website. Andrea Fraser. http://www.museumdermoderne.at/en/exhibitions/current/details/mdm/andrea-fraser/.

Elke Zobl, Elisabeth Klaus (2015): Reflecting on Learning Processes. The Museumsakademie at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the work of Andrea Fraser. In: p/art/icipate – Kultur aktiv gestalten #06 , https://www.p-art-icipate.net/reflecting-on-learning-processes/