What should the museum of the future look like? One thing is clear: museums and cultural institutions are undergoing a change.

Museums are increasingly characterized by a shared experience. They themselves become novel platforms, interactive places of communication, integration and knowledge transfer. Furthermore, they should make cultural participation possible for all groups of society.

That is why we are starting a movement for more democracy in the art world: nextmuseum.io, the platform for co-curation and co-creation. We want to rethink and redefine the museum together with you. We want you to actively help shape the cultural spaces.

And we ask ourselves: What digital means do we need for this? How would an artificial intelligence decide as a curator? We want to develop new formats and digital prototypes for education, mediation and communication with you.

With nextmuseum.io as a cross-institutional platform, we would like to test the curating of exhibitions via swarm intelligence. The project should open new impulses and perspectives. The results are then presented and debated in the participating museums. We cordially invite all interested institutions to use the platform to implement collaborative exhibitions in their own houses. And we cordially invite all artists, curators and other interested parties to participate in the platform. In addition to the collective conception of exhibitions and the development of experimental approaches, our platform should also be a space for discourse – and that is why we organize free talks with international curators, technologists and experts.

nextmuseum.io is a joint project of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf / Kunstpalast Düsseldorf and the Museum Ulm, funded by the Digital Culture Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and supported by the Beisheim Foundation.

FAQ

What is a curator?

“In coordination with the directorate, the curator is responsible for the conception, organisation and realisation of permanent and temporary exhibitions. He is responsible for the interdepartmental project management for the respective exhibition and in this context he is also responsible for the administration of the budget. He is responsible for the acquisition of loans, project- and theme-related fundraising, the raising of funds and the supervision and control of external partners.”.

Source: Guideline “Working Professionally in the Museum” by Deutscher Museumsbund, 2019 (Original language: German)

Depending on the dimensions of the institution, the curators work together with exhibition management, marketing, cultural education and others on current projects. In smaller and medium-sized institutions, the conception and realization of exhibitions is often taken over by the head of the collection or the director. In addition to museum curators, there are also many freelance curators who work across institutions.

How can I participate?

You will find various projects under the heading exhibitions. Are you particularly interested in a project? Then discuss with us about the topic and the submitted artworks on the platform or in the group channel.

As an artist you can also submit your own works,  as a curator you can realize your own projects.

We are also looking for your ideas in the field of experiments. Suggest exciting projects to us. And of course, we are happy if you click into the webinars and discuss with our experts.

To ensure good and fair cooperation at nextmuseum.io, we act in accordance with the Berlin Code of Conduct and expect the same from all participants.

How can I become a curator at nextmuseum.io?

Would you like to realize an exhibition project in collaboration with the community?

To do this, you first have to apply as a curator on our platform. Now you can register, create your own profile and upload exhibition projects.

For every exhibition, an open call is launched via our platform, where artists can submit works. The submitted works of art are discussed with the community and the favorites will be selected for the exhibition. Discussions take place directly on the platform and in the group channel.

The selected works will be presented on the project page and your decision will be based on a curatorial statement.

How and whether you continue to work with the community on the exhibition is up to you. It is important that the jointly selected artworks can also be seen in the actual exhibition and that the collaborative approach is mentioned. You will receive further details by email when you register.

How can I submit an artwork?

Various projects with open calls for artists are listed under the heading exhibitions. During the respective application period there you will find the option submit artwork. Follow the link and fill out the form (short text, 1-3 pictures, 1 video). First, you will be notified by email whether your artwork will be released for the project page. After the open call has ended, the curators selects the works of art for the exhibition. If you are among the favorites, you will receive a notification again.

Note: We will not use your submitted data and artworks without your permission, the content remains the property of the artists.

Who is the target group?

We are: artists, creatives, visitors & everyone who wants to create the future museum with us! At nextmuseum.io everyone is welcome and can participate. No matter if local or on the other side of the world, if 10 or 100 years old, if rookie or art expert, if institution or individual.

Why Museum Ulm & NRW-Forum Düsseldorf?

At first glance, two very different institutions: a universal museum with 40,000 years of art, culture and design history vs. an exhibition house with a focus on photography, pop and digital culture. What connects us is the common idea of ​​the museum as a democratic place and the belief in the potential of the digital to achieve this idea.

What is the Digital Culture Programme?

The “Digital Fund – Digital Transformation in Cultural Institutions” is part of the Digital Culture Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation is targeted at cultural organisations in all artistic areas which have already begun developing a digital strategy and have tested and/or implemented digital services, e.g. online collections, social media projects or apps. The “Digital Fund” enables partnerships of at least two cultural institutions in cooperation with digital partners, to further develop processes of transformation, experiment with new digital aesthetics and forms of expression and enhance their digital profiles.

The German Federal Cultural Foundation’s Digital Culture programme pursues an open access, open content and open source approach, which we at nextmuseum.io want to support and realise.

Join the discussion

Get notified about upcoming webinars, incoming submissions and discuss projects with our curators in the official nextmuseum.io telegram group.

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