Public Discussion: Role of Museum in Network Society


At 6PM-8PM on September, public discussion Role of the Museum in a Network Society will take place at the Žalgiris Arena Amphitheater (Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas). The event is a part of the Congress of Public Spaces. Registration is required.

What is the role of a museum of science today, and of techno-optimistic thinking in contemporary discourses? From cabinets of curiosity to exclusive study clubs; from the collections of natural history museums, called “cathedrals of nature,” to 20th century World Expos—the historical transformation of such “musing” spaces has both indexed and administered our changing understandings of science. Often, these institutions were mechanisms for producing and sharing knowledge, but how has this changed in contemporary, networked society where expanding research labs produce knowledge faster and more specialized than ever before, and where digital technologies spread and disseminate this information? Against the backdrop of the “Bilbao effect” and national stakes in the construction of museums worldwide, how does “science” fit into this narrative? What is a role of the humanities, critical aesthetic practices, and public participation? This discussion on the museum as a site of knowledge production takes into account movements like citizen science, maker and fab lab cultures, and diverse hacker movements.


  • Marina Teresa Verzier: Evanescent Institutions (Het Nieuwe Institute, The Netherlands)
  • Jodi Dean: A View from the Side: The Natural History Museum (Hobart and William Smith College, USA)
  • Moderated by: Rytis Zemkauskas (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania) & Jūratė Tutlytė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)


The event is part of Congress on Public Spaces. Congress on Public Spaces is a series of three interdisciplinary events dedicated to exploring changes in democratic participation. It takes place in Kaunas and Vilnius from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, 2016.

Congress is organised by: Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program (Lithuania), research platform Balticada (Lithuania), with participation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Art, Culture and Technology (USA). Concept and organisation: Nomeda Urbonas (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway), Gediminas Urbonas (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology, Cambridge, USA). Editorial board: Ann Lok Lui (School of the Art Institute Chicago, USA), Jonathan Crisman (University of California, Los Angeles, USA).

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