Part Three: Three Proposals Against Cultural Consumption
(LIME. Laboratory for Museographic Research and Experimentation)
1. Another way of visiting a museum: what are these institutions going to do (In search of a new typology)?
For five years, I had the enormous privilege of being able to lead a series of visits, with absolute freedom, as part of a research project. The aim was to show the building of a museum (Museo del Traje) from an architectural point of view. They were small groups as we moved around the whole building, including warehouses, restoration workshops and installations, and we had to comply with a series of rules for safety reasons. This was done outside working hours, to avoid interference. Attached is a PDF text of the lecture on this subject (Tardes de Arquitectura).
The idea was to investigate other ways of visiting a building, perhaps not directly transferable, but thought-provoking, to other fields.
Is it possible to choose, on the flexibility of the programme and time, on the limits of the public's autonomy. The possibilities of a punctual change in the visit in conjunction with specific programmes (age/knowledge).
2. On the possibilities of getting to know a city (from consuming to strolling, from photographing to observing).
I also include two lectures from our research at LIME, (Another city and Culture and art as a social tool), where we try to reflect, from different points of view, different proposals made by different teams of students from different universities and countries: the city as an object, as a support and as an exhibition container.
3. In front of a monument and a historic centre (The integration of the parts)
It is extremely interesting to see how the visitor accepts the integration of different periods in monuments and historic city centres without any fear, while paradoxically demanding that the monuments not be touched and, even less, that they be coordinated with contemporary architecture. What is the reason for this contradictory attitude? It is an issue of great concern to us in the research project.
Final thought: What can we do?
Regardless of their possible future suitability (only time will confirm this), these experiments aim to open up new ways to prevent tourism from falling into this drift of mere consumption, to which it seems inexorably doomed, and learning to travel from being reduced to a series of objects on the shelf.
It is a very complex problem to which all those involved should dedicate all our efforts, in order to try to recover the richness and breadth of CULTURE with a capital C, because without it we will become nothing, a simple image lost in the memory of a mobile phone.