Site specific artwork: “Artwork created to exist in a certain place”
+ Museum: “Permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment, for the purposes of education, study, and enjoyment” (ICOM – International Council of Museums)
= Site Specific Museum: “Museum created to exist in a certain place”
After the Global Museums and joint Archistars ancient-machist approach was clearly failing, Site Specific MUSeums Research Workshop – a multidisciplinary network both nationally and internationally oriented – has been created to highlight a contemporary, socially inclusive and sustainable vision about museums and cultural heritage. As a first step, a fully available online database has been done to focus either LEGAL FRAMEWORK either MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS aspects for the many museums and art centres builted all over the world during the last fifthteen years. After studying this context, it became clear enough that the crucial relationship between architecture, the environment and the collection itself rarely found a contemporary interpretation by Museum and Cultural Heritage Institutions. Then – due to the presence of globalizing trends and local hyper-identities, as well as the generally critical reappropriation of concepts such as “place”, “migration” or “nomadism” – a possible link to an unconventional path was needed. The fact that, since the last century, Public Art has investigated and thematized the “site-specific” as an “artwork created to exist in a certain place” has encouraged the trial to extend this concept to the museum: at least a kind of “site-specific museum” may be re-conceptualized as a “museum created to exist in a certain place”. All of this sounds different from the many funny styled “Logo Museums” or “HyperMuseums” that are still built around the world without considering either places, occasions and the culture crossing need.
This website – with joint side-books and videoclips – is so far a part of the ongoing research open to museum curators, architects and designers, educators, visitors etc.; all of you are very welcome to get involved both as an individual or as a team.