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Foto: Roland Baege

Foto: Roland Baege

Museum Ostwall

The art education program of the Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U (MO) follows the guiding principle of creating situations in which children, young people and adults each find their own personal access to the works of art exhibited in the museum and adopt their own attitude towards them.


This takes place through the contemplation of art, mutual exchange in dialogue and through their own practical and creative work. Different media are given an equal place. The use of digital media is combined with work in "classic" analog media and with haptic, physical experience. According to the understanding of the Museum Ostwall, digital media are thus never an end in themselves, but a tool within a group of different tools used for artistic creation, for the exchange of information and for presentation.


Thus, for a contemporary exchange of scientific knowledge, the entire collection of the Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U is deposited in a database as an indispensable digital tool and can be retrieved.


However, digitality also opens up the possibility of participatory action by museum visitors in a special way. From 2011 to 2017, the Interactive Image Archive was part of the collection presentation. Here, visitors could feed in their own photos and create picture atlases on a touchscreen table, which were played out on flat screens and thus became part of the exhibition.

In the current collection presentation Body & Soul. Thinking, Feeling, Brushing Teeth, visitors to Flux Inn can put themselves in relation to a video performance via an installed camera or photographically document their own actions via an iPad. In project collaborations with smARTplaces and page21, the MO is further developing possibilities for participatory action in digital space.


During the closure period and the reconstruction of the museum floors, the MO gave interested visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of the museum via video clips - during project meetings, reconstruction work on the construction site, and the installation of the exhibition. The MO continues to pursue this idea on its social media channels. There, not only the presentation of individual artworks and their mediation is the topic, but also everyday activities of the museum staff such as exhibition construction or restoration processes, the people of the museum team become visible.


This immediacy of interaction via digital media is essential for the museum - they also help to break down access barriers and make the museum an open place of action for everyone.

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