Keynotes are presented by CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival in association with The Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne
On Tuesday 30 April 2019, Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (USA), Co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory, will give a public talk:
Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality
The Natural History Museum (NHM, 2014-) takes the form of a traveling pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history and science museums. NHM collaborates with artists, curators, community groups, scientists, and museum professionals to create new narratives about our shared history and future, with the goal of educating the public, measurably influencing public opinion, and inspiring collective action. The museum is the latest project of Not An Alternative, a collective that since 2004 has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. The group’s work has been featured within Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere. Not An Alternative connects movements to museums and museums to movements, fostering a growing coalition of museum workers, activist scientists, and communities.