Fotomuseum Winterthur | Events | Friday, 17.05, 14:00 – Saturday, 18.05.2024, 15:00

Symposium: Frame by Frame – On Collecting Photography

Working with collections of photographic works is a constant challenge for institutions. On the one hand, handling the different material qualities of photographic objects and caring for them is complex. On the other hand, questions arise regarding the visualisation of these objects in both physical and digital spaces. Can digitisation offer support? The gaps that collections and archives reveal are also increasingly being discussed: What methods can be used to identify them and how should they be dealt with? How can we develop sustainable strategies to counteract blank spaces by incorporating scientific, artistic and participatory approaches?

These and other questions will be addressed by experts in lectures, discussions and workshops. The symposium sees itself as a discussion forum for current discourses of collection work at the interface of theory and practice.


Friday, 17.05.2024
14:00–14:15: Welcome by Nadine Wietlisbach (Fotomuseum Winterthur) and Ingomar Lorch (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation)
14:15–14:30: Introduction by Clara Bolin, Christopher Lützen and Sonja Palade (Fellows of the Museum Curators for Photography programme of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation)
14:30–14:45: Einmal alles, bitte! Jahrhundertprojekt Sammlungsinventur. Short lecture by Mirco Melone (Historisches Museum Basel)
14:45–15:45: Wie geht eigentlich «Bild für Bild»?Workshop with Mirco Melone (Historisches Museum Basel)
Exhibition visit of A Show of Affection – Collection Constellation 1 with focus on education programmes with Christina Schmidt (Fotomuseum Winterthur)
15:45–16:15: Coffee break
16:15–17:00: Lücken füllen? Erste Bilanzen. (tba)
17:00–17:45: Disrupting the Collection? Lena Holbein (Düsseldorf) in conversation with Liang-Kai Yu (Maastricht University) on artistic interventions (in English)
17:45–18:00: Short review of the day

Saturday, 18.05.2024
09:30–10:15: Die Sammlung hinterfragen. Katharina Steidl (Austrian Academy of Arts, Vienna) and Dorothee Linnemann (Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main) in conversation about feminist collecting practices
10:15–10:45: Coffee break
10:45–11:00: Suchen, durchstöbern, erkunden. Museale Sammlungen online erfahrbar machen. Short lecture by Sarah Kreiseler (Rundlingsmuseum, Lübeln)
11:00–12:00: Einbahnstrasse oder Multiperspektivität? Bewegte Blicke auf online Sammlungen und Informationsvisualisierungen. Workshop with Sarah Kreiseler (Rundlingsmuseum, Lübeln)
Guided tour through the depot of Fotomuseum Winterthur with Géraldine Feller (Fotomuseum Winterthur)
12:00–13:00: Lunch break
13:00–13:45: Die Sammlung öffnen: Wie Partizipation nach aussen und innen wirken kann. Lecture by Jonas Bürgi (Museum of Communication, Bern)
13:45–14:30: Final discussion

The symposium is made possible by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. Conception and organisation by the current fellows of the scholarship programme Museum Curators for Photography: Clara Bolin, Christopher Lützen and Sonja Palade.

The event takes place in German, with exception of the talk between Lena Holbein and Liang-Kai Yu.

Participation is free of charge. We kindly ask you to register:
Registration for Friday, 17.05.2024
Registration for Saturday, 18.05.2024

This event takes place in the framework of the exhibition A Show of Affection – Collection Constellation 1. Fotomuseum Winterthur is taking the opportunity presented by the institution’s thirtieth anniversary to examine its own collection, with a selection of artworks by 19 photographers and artists providing an insight into the museum’s collecting activities. The exhibition homes in on the collection’s idiosyncrasies, distinctive qualities and thematic focuses as well as the variety of different factors influencing its (progressive) development – while also scrutinising museum collecting practices per se.

Please note: Due to the renovation of Fotomuseum Winterthur, the exhibition is shown in the spaces of Fotostiftung Schweiz at Grüzenstrasse 45, where this event will take place as well.

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