FUTURE of the MUSEUM PROJECT
The Future of the Museum Projected emerged from work associated with the agreement between Atlanta's High Museum and the Louvre Museum to bring major collections from the Louvre to Atlanta. The first phase included a lecture series at the High Museum sponsored by the McEver Program in Engineering and the Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. Speakers included Yves Abrioux, Jane Prophet, and Barbara Stafford. The following streaming video presentations are provided by the High Museum, Atlanta; links provided in association with the Traditional Fine Arts Organization.
Inventing Concepts for a New Museum by Yves Abrioux, professor, English lit, U Paris VIII. On April 18, 2007 the High Museum of Art presented Yves Abrioux, professor of English literature at the University of Paris VIII and the Ecole du Louvre for the past six years. He serves on the editorial board of TLE and is the writer of many articles and exhibition catalogues, including Ian Hamilton Finlay: a Visual Primer (1992). Abrioux's scholarly work informs his own landscape art, which has appeared in France, Germany and England. In the fall of 2006, Abrioux was a visiting professor at Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Communication and Culture, where he helped to coordinate projects between the High Museum, the Musîe du Louvre and Georgia Tech.
Artist's View of the Future of the Museum by Jane Prophet, artist. On April 4, 2007 the High Museum of Art presented artist Jane Prophet who works across disciplines to create internationally acclaimed projects that have broken new ground in art, technology, and science. Her work, which includes large- scale installations, digital print, Websites and CD-ROMs, reflects her interest in complexity theory, landscape and artificial life. Among her past projects are the award-winning Website, TechnoSphere, and The Landscape Room, an installation that combines photographs with computer-simulated landscapes. In October 2006, she completed a solo show at Paco das Artes, which coincided with the Sao Paulo Biennale.
Selective Attention: Neuroscience and the Art Museum by Barbara Stafford, professor, art history, U Chicago. On March 22, 2007 the High Museum of Art presented Barbara Stafford, the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of the University of Chicago's Department of Art History. She discussed the relationship between neuroscience and art museums. Stafford's recent essays focus on how developments in brain science are informing our assumptions about perception, emotion, sensation, and mental imagery. She is currently writing a cognitive history of images. Stafford is the writer of many books, including Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine (1991), Artful Science: Enlightenment, Entertainment, and the Eclipse of Visual Education (1994), and Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting (1999).
Initial work included a project seminar in the Digital Media graduate program of the School of Literature, Communication & Culture that build an interactive prototype of a digital Louvre-Atlanta for the Global Learning Center at Georgia Tech.
During the second phase of the project, Barbara Stafford will spend the next two academic years as a distinguished visiting professor in the Allen Institute for Advanced Studies. Barbara Stafford, the author of some nine books on art history and visual culture, will participate in projects devoted to cognition and visualization in the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering and the Ivan Allen College.
Additional projects include working with the Pompidou Metz to create a 'laboratory museum' that would develop projects and prototypes for new museum exhibitions. in conjunction with Georgia Tech's campus in Metz, France.