The Third Opinion in the Museum: The Challenges and Benefits of Art Mediation. The Garage Journal's Discussion in St. Petersburg

20.04.2021
The Third Opinion in the Museum: The Challenges and Benefits of Art Mediation. The Garage Journal's Discussion in St. Petersburg

Mediation is a type of communication with the viewer or art enthusiast that is carried out by a mediator on behalf of an institution. Generally speaking, it is organized the same way in different museums: people of various ages who do not work for the museum but are interested in art talk to visitors following an agreed protocol. In some cases, these people are trained (either regularly or for a particular project) and can be affiliated with the museum/project for a period of time. However, the purpose of mediation is different in every institution. In some cases, it is used to engage a particular community in the production of art; in others as an extra means of visitor engagement or as an element of the artwork itself. The system of inner motivations is often best clarified when one is faced with the experience of colleagues, or, as the art duo microsillons put it, in agonistic discussions. Participants will discuss the following questions: What is mediation in a museum? What role does conflict play in mediation? What are the criteria for the success of mediation projects? Who is the key figure in mediation: the mediator, the visitor or the institution? Whether this discussion is successful will be measured not in the number of answers suggested but in the number of the new questions that arise from it.

 

April 24, 4 pm

St. Petersburg, New Holland, Pavilion

 

Moderator: Anastasia Mityushina, Public Program Curator at Garage

 

Participants: Alina Belishkina, Aleksandr Ivanov, Natalya Khvoenkova, Lera Lerner, Marina Romanova

 

Free admission. Places are limited. Please keep a safe distance, wear a mask for the duration of the lecture, and stay home if you feel sick.

 

Please, register in advance. 18+