Domande a distanza 1971—2021 was born in late 2019 as a research project on museum didactics, aimed to examine the variety of approaches and methodologies applied in this extensive and multifaceted area. In the 2020, following the health emergency, the project turned into a proper opportunity to investigate the crisis situation of cultural venues, aggravated by the forced closure of all, apparently, non-essential activities. What is the role of culture in this context? How to determine what is a primary good? Is technology truly capable of filling the gaps created by social distancing? After this period, what will happen to the laboratory like activities? These and many other questions were addressed to Italian educators, curators, museologists, philosophers, art historians, architects and designers willing to reflect on the past, present and future of this discipline and to portray the several shapes of museum didactics in this specific time.
The book consists of three parts: the historical texts that led the research, a second part with specific questions on the different professions debating on education, museums and culture. Lastly, a chapter that collects and compares the experiences of designers focusing on workshop activities. This edition collects, in total, fifteen unpublished conversations conducted between December 2020 and February 2021. Sixteen illustrations support the essays.
The title, Domande a distanza 1971—2021 (“Remote questions 1971—2021”) summarizes the different aspects that characterized this project: the concept of museum as a interrogative space, the interviews (how the fifteen essays were collected), the physical distance that identifies this period of time and the distance in time between the historical texts and the release date.
The aim is to continue fueling the debate concerning these issues, whose strength and value seems to have been underestimated, especially during these distinctive times.
Academic project developed at ISIA Urbino, MA in Communication and Design for Publishing
Supervision: Mauro Bubbico