Naqsam il-MUŻA: feedback from Vienna’s University of Applied Arts …

17 Dec Naqsam il-MUŻA: feedback from Vienna’s University of Applied Arts …

Some more positive feedback on the project coming our way! Our Naqsam il-MUŻA project coordinator recently met Prof. Barbara Putz-Plecko, vice-rector of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna for a good discussion on the project. This is what Kristina got back with …

” It was indeed both a pleasure and a surprise to meet Prof. Barbara Putz-Plecko, artist, professor and Vice-Rector at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, during my recent artist in residency in Vienna. One of her key-interests focuses on participatory art experiences and art-mediating practices.

Back in the late 1980s, Putz-Plecko experimented with alternative ways of experiencing the art museum and making it accessible to the public, thus moving beyond the traditional walking tour of the museum collection. Participants of a workshop held at the Belvedere Palace Museum included people from all walks of life – different professions, different levels of artistic knowledge, each with a unique life experience. The workshop attendees were given a specific theme and they were invited to interpret it by choosing a painting from the collection. I found interesting connections to Naqsam il-MUŻA, jointly developed by Valletta 2018 Foundation and Heritage Malta, which relates very well to these Viennese experiments but which we have taken forward, articulated and developed in the Naqsam il-MUŻA project.

The few minutes spent in conversation with Putz-Plecko were indeed an enriching experience. It was a healthy discussion about community participation and museum accessibility with someone who could easily grasp the concept and who had actually experimented with similar ideas back then.  I would say that the similarities lie in the belief that art can become a tool to explore and react to our reality and surroundings. Experiencing a work of art can be affected by one’s perception, which changes according to one’s life experiences. Departing from what is familiar can lead to the discovery of the unknown. Naqsam il-MUŻA is not an end in itself but a means to a longer journey – it is merely the very first step of the knowledge ladder.”

 

 

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