Extrovert Interior: Publicness and the Contemporary Museum

A collaboration between ANCB and the Centre for the Future of Places at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Time: Sat 2019-01-26 12.00 - 17.00

Location: The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstrasse 18-19, Berlin

In the past decade, we have witnessed a radical expansion of the space, remit, and role of the museum as a public institution. This has taken the form of an increasing shift from public space to public programme, from the spatial organisation of artefacts to the temporal organisation of events that places the museum’s activities solidly in line with the production of discourse, atmospheres, experiences, and social networking. These activities, further, are often undertaken outside the actual museum building, in urban space, and may indeed be ‘hosted’ by other places of urban knowledge and cultural production, thus blurring these lines even further.

Could the expansion of the remit of museum practices provide access to other social groups, audiences, and interests, thereby making way for a democratisation of discourse and knowledge? What does this mean in terms of challenging the centrality of the metropolis, the capital city, and the regional centre in relation to the rural? What does it mean in relation to a contemporary understanding of publicness and the role of public space within the city? Finally, what do these processes of dissolution, expansion, withdrawal, and outreach mean for architecture, the discipline traditionally charged with erecting ‘the edifice’ of the museum?


Welcome and Introduction

  • Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
  • Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin
  • Tigran Haas, Director, Centre for the Future of Places, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Keynote Lecture

  • Paula Horrigan, Emerita Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Panel 1: Strategies for Blurring Borders


  • Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm


  • Li Xiangning, Professor, Tongji University; Curator, Shanghai
  • Torange Khonsari, Co-founder and Director, public works, London
  • Elena Agudio, Artistic Co-­Director, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Discussion with Panellists and

  • Torsten Wöhlert, Permanent Secretary for Culture, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin

Lunch Break

Panel 2: The Design of Publicness and the Contemporary Museum


  • Helen Runting, School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Presentations and Discussion

  • Wilfried Kühn, Partner, Kühn Malvezzi Architects, Berlin
  • Kieran Long, Director, ArkDes Swedish National Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm
  • Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, AA Architectural Association, London

Keynote Lecture

  • Dubravka Sekulic, Assistant Professor, IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, Technical University, Graz


The event will be held in English. Admission is free. Please register at reply@ancb.de.

This symposium is part of ANCB’s long-term programme Knowledge Spaces , which investigates the role of physical spaces to support the generation, presentation, discussion and conservation of knowledge in relation to political, academic, cultural and societal aspects. How does a space for knowledge of today and tomorrow look like? How do we deal spatially with the new combination of functions and elements of knowledge?

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