theater dans tentoonstelling museum reflectie onderzoek
2014, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL), University of Budapest (HU)

Hedendaagse museumconcepten voor Europees theatererfgoed

In de loop van het academiejaar 2013-2014 werkte een groepje van 12 geselecteerde masterstudenten uit de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL) en de Universiteit van Budapest (HU) op vraag van Het Firmament een concept uit voor een Europees museum over Griekse tragedie. Dit initiatief paste in het Europees samenwerkingsproject tussen beide universiteiten, met de naam Think Tank European Culture 2013-2014. De studenten zijn van diverse afkomst en werden opgeleid in zeer diverse disciplines (van kunstwetenschappen tot informatica). Tijdens bijeenkomsten en werkbezoeken in Nijmegen, Budapest, Rome en Mechelen werkten ze aan hun rapport over de mogelijkheden om Griekse tragedies als breed gedeeld ‘Europees erfgoed’ in te zetten en te promoten. In de tekst presenteren ze twee verschillende concepten op basis van hedendaagse ideeën over immaterieel erfgoed en de mogelijkheden van musea.

The aim of the two museum concepts is to create a unique learning experience that stimulates the senses, mind and brain of the visitors while its content, Greek tragedies, is intangible, i.e. there is no physical content to work with.


Zelf formuleren ze het in hun samenvatting als volgt:

“This report develops two possible European museum concepts that have Greek tragedies as a central theme. We believe that there is ‘something that connects Europeans’, i.e. what makes them European, and aspects of this can be found in Greek tragedies. The aim of the two museum concepts is to create a unique learning experience that stimulates the senses, mind and brain of the visitors while its content, Greek tragedies, is intangible, i.e. there is no physical content to work with. To make the intangibility of Ancient Greek tragedies and their heritage appealing to modern day visitors, it draws on its intrinsic nature of performativity and the underlying message of tragedies. The first possible concept for a European museum that will be developed is a theatre festival which combines (modern) performances of Greek tragedies with a tangible semipermanent collection that provides background information on Greek tragedies, but also offers a modern-day physical interpretation by artists. This concept is uniquely linked to the European Capital of Culture, which means that the festival is a travelling one. It draws on the connection between local and international artists and culture. The second concept will be a fixed museum, and will create a unique experience in combining Greek tragedy with present-day technology. The idea is that for the ‘exhibition’ a Greek tragedy will be reworked with several alternate plots, based on the conflicts present in tragedies, and visitors will go through the story via a role playing game in which they face similar decisions as in the chosen tragedy. Finally, for both concepts a virtual museum, i.e. websites, will be developed, and possible marketing strategies will be explained.”

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