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the comments, struggle and vibrancy abstracted from the reports of the different sessions can be read in this publication. Not surprisingly the more practise-oriented groups were the most successful in proposing next steps, but there was also general consensus about the following: — Produce and make available more case studies and documentation processes for peers and other staff members in museums. — Aim for an open approach where a case-by-case forum is available for conversations to happen about creative decisions and the conservation of a work. Currently there is a lot of information, but finding and accessing the specific information is often difficult. — Create more awareness and visibility of non-institutional strategies, for example, communities of gamers, hackers, torrent sites, etc., which are all about sharing and collaborative efforts. Critically analysing such processes might lead to new and more sustainable solutions for presentation, writing histories and preservation. — The vocabulary and assumptions about art are very layered, and the issue of convergence around digital repositories needs more attention, also including the often unheard individuals and people with small or private collections. Ideas about a ‘speculative archive’ where history can be traced through layered narratives would be an interesting model to pursue. — If the museum is not only a place for objects, but also a place for ideas where relationships can be fostered, the focus needs to shift from ‘the object’ to people and their networks. — Many museums are becoming more open, flexible, exploratory and unstable, but their heritage is still fixed in terms of presentation and collection. A shift towards a less traditional museum, where experimentation occurs within its walls, and risk-taking and proto­typing (traditionally seen as activities of a media lab) are more common, will be necessary if the museum wants to become more inclusive.

Speculative Scenarios — Edited by Annet Dekker  

There is a growing understanding of the use of technological tools for dissemination or mediation in the museum, but artistic experiences th...