for his inspiring lecture “Open Access – a changing society, innovation in the museum” on 25 June 2018 at Tutech.
“Not everyone needs art, but very many do. And it would do some people good to come into contact with art.”
Prof. Dr Christoph Vogtherr
It was a wonderful evening and yet another successful event in our 25th anniversary. Credit is due to the speaker, Professor Christoph Vogtherr, Director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle. He demonstrated vividly in his lecture what he considers to be the job of a museum of art in this day and age. We live in a time of fast, abrupt social change that unsettles many people. Art and culture also need to react to this. One of the most important questions is, can a museum of art help people to understand and shape this change? Where are the opportunities and challenges faced by a museum of art? Which people is the museum there for, and how can one reach new groups of visitors, too? How can one increase access for all without oversimplifying complex things?
Understanding and shaping change and renewal are all topics that play an important role in Tutech’s daily work of promoting innovation and knowledge transfer. And so Professor Vogtherr’s lecture contained welcome food for thought for us.
Last but not least, we would like to thank the audience of 40-plus representing all kinds of sectors. The museums and wider cultural community in Harburg was there as were representatives from Hamburg University of Technology, experts in digitalisation, representatives from industry and the wider public. Many were visiting Tutech for the first time.