MUTEC 2018: Increased Range of Exhibition and Conference Programme
The International Trade Show for Museum and Exhibition Technology is surpassing all expectations. More than 100 exhibitors have already registered and exciting events have been added to the extensive conference programme. MUTEC offers employees of cultural institutions almost unlimited opportunities to learn about new technologies and expand their own knowledge. MUTEC will be held at the Leipzig Trade Fair in conjunction with the leading European trade fair denkmal from 8 to 10 November.
In advance of MUTEC 2018, exhibitor interest is unwavering. Testo, market leader for measuring instruments and monitoring systems, has registered, and so has Haubold + Sperling, one of the few printing companies in Europe that complies with the latest security printing and quality standards. SKINSoft and digiCULT provide innovative software solutions for collection management and data entry. Axess from Austria joins MUTEC as an all-around and full-service partner for ticketing software and modern access systems.
MONUMEDIA is a media agency that develops interactive exhibitions and innovations for everyday museum use. Locandy is a synonym for multimedia guides that combine exciting stories with interactive experiences in audio book quality. Affluences sends relevant information directly to visitors' smartphones with its application of the same name. Other exhibitors from the multimedia sector include Media Lounge Jensch and the media agency BlueBox.
Stratas and Hoffmeister are two well-known manufacturers of modern lighting solutions. Special glass products or glass covers for exhibits are ideco's speciality. Visitors can find the right furniture and partition wall systems at Gilnhammer.
Organisations, institutions and employees active in the cultural sector can learn about support options from Interpret Europe - European Association for Heritage Interpretation. The non-profit organisation helps with communication measures and organises conferences, training courses and webinars. The Austrian company Maurizius assists museums and other cultural institutions in the development of visitor management strategies and accompanies them through the whole the process all the way to successful implementation.
Future Topic 3D: Special exhibition 'Securing Culture with Digitalisation'
The Technische Universität Berlin's Institut for Mathematics is organising the special exhibition for 3D Projects in cooperation with multiple partners. Among other things, visitors can observe a sculpture's creation on the basis of 3D scan data based on an example: a current sculpture by the Berlin sculptor Raimund Kummer. The Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin's (National Museums in Berlin) Gipsformerei (replica workshop) produces plaster casts of various artworks, and Berlin artist Kerstin Stoll shows how 3D scan data can be processed to develop elements for spatial installations.
Making a statement: How neutral are museums?
Museums stand for the common good, create access to a variety of topics, impart knowledge, preserve and protect objects and research contemporary conditions. As a result, they are regarded as neutral and unprejudiced cultural institutions. But is that really the case? Are museums allowed to turn off their lights to leave certain political opinions in the dark? What are the consequences and where are the limits? In the light of current political events, is it preferable not to take a stand? The conference "Making a statement: How neutral are museums" is dedicated to this topic. Senior representatives from museums, cultural institutions and institutions from Berlin, Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig will discuss these questions. The event will be on the first day of the trade show and is organised by HTW Berlin.
Workshop: Risk Assessment and Management of Cultural Goods
Preventive conservation has become an essential area of expertise for all cultural asset professionals. Despite the fact that scientific and technical knowledge continues to grow, it is often integrated too slowly, incorrectly or not at all into daily operations. When experts and institutions involved in the conservation of cultural heritage, despite their best intentions, apply artificial norms, guidelines or recommendations for improvement without clear prioritisation, the expected benefit is often small. Furthermore, with limited resources, decision makers are usually confronted with difficult choices when planning conservation strategies.
Since 2005, leading experts like Dr. Robert Waller have been working on developing and spreading a risk management approach to cultural asset heritage. This risk assessment approach educates and guides decision makers, thus providing a solid method for integrating the latest advances into current practices. It offers a holistic view of all conceivable risks for cultural assets and their minimisation and is a useful tool for designing more effective conservation strategies. Conservation requirements and priorities will consequently become important strategic investments. On the last day of MUTEC, Dr. Waller will present his approach at a workshop. Participants learn to identify their preventive protection priorities and how to best use their limited resources.
Exciting Topics in the MUTEC-Forum
In the MUTEC-Forum visitors can attend lectures from exhibitors and partners in the exhibition hall without prior registration or an additional participation fee. Short presentations provide valuable information from experts in theory and practice. At MUTEC 2018, the successful theme series from 2016 continues. This time, the two-hour blocks are: "Changing Perspective", "Light", "Digitisation" and "Accessibility".
On the first day the opening topic of the conference, "Making a Statement!" will be continued with two panel discussions. The following questions will be discussed: "What is shared? What is omitted?" and "Is the museum an actor in a political space?"
The second day is International Day at MUTEC Forum. There will be lectures in English and some of the German lectures will be simultaneously translated. The "Light" theme block deals with "Optimum Light in Museums - Planning - Quality - Innovation and Trends". When developing a lighting concept in listed architectures, not only must all technical details and restoration specifications be taken into account, but questions regarding the building's history, its furnishings and its use must also be considered. In many cases, lighting needs to be modified or developed from scratch for this special use; some aspects need to be discovered through research. The light designer needs to be both a detective and a designer. The talk by Herbert Cybulska (Cybulska + Partners Lighting Solutions) will, by means of practical examples, show how different planning approaches can be. Afterwards, he will discuss the topic with other guests in a discussion panel moderated by Dirk Seifert (LiTG Deutsche Lichttechnische Gesellschaft).
On the third day, there will be two blocks. Silke Hoekstra from Lebenshilfe Sachsen will give an introductory lecture entitled "Comprehensive Accessibility in Museums" at the first conference on accessibility, followed by a discussion panel with four guests. The second block addresses the opportunities and problems of digitisation in the museum sector and is moderated by the Federal Association of Freelance Cultural Scientists (BfK).
Compulsory cash register for museums - What is important?
Against the background of an amendment to cash register law, which allows for the auditing of museums and cultural institutions cash register management, Vienna-based amepheas GmbH offers a workshop on the compulsory cash register for museums on the first day of MUTEC. The workshop will shed light on the current legal situation and its implementation and show what needs to be considered when handling cash and cash register systems. Dipl.-Ing. (Professional Engineer) Thomas Lang, Managing Director of amepheas GmbH - a specialist in cash register systems, ticketing and visitor management for 25 years - explains which systems comply with current laws and what needs to be taken into account in future handling of cash and cash register systems.
Young Cultural Talent: The AK Volontariat Mitteldeutschland and the HTWK Museology Colloquium at MUTEC
On 9 November, the AK Volontariat Mitteldeutschland will hold its autumn conference at MUTEC. It is a networking event for scientific volunteers from Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The conference also includes the seminar "Fundamentals of Museum Marketing" by Dr. Oliver Rump (HTW Berlin) and the lecture "Saxony's Museums consult - educate - network. Fields of work in a Regional Museum Consulting Office" by the Sächsische Landesstelle für Museumswesen (Saxon Office for Museum Management).
Furthermore, HTWK Leipzig is organising its Museology Colloquium 2018 for the third fair day, which will be held parallel to MUTEC following its successful 2017 première. Alumni discuss their current professional positions.
The key aspects of the trade fair are museum technology and equipment, visitor service, media presentation, museum infrastructure as well as archiving and digitalisation. With this broad range, the trade fair is aimed at operators of museums and collections, exhibition halls, galleries, archives, depositories and libraries. A visit is also worthwhile for architecture offices and consulting firms in the fields of art, culture and historic preservation. The conference programme covers current developments and challenges in the industry. MUTEC has been held under the same roof as denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, since 2010 and has been organised by Leipziger Messe since 2016. In 2016, 80 exhibitors from ten countries presented at MUTEC, which drew 13,900 visitors together with denkmal.
denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. At denkmal 2016, 435 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products and services. Over 150 events were offered at the conference programme to the interested audience. The 12th edition of the trade fair attracted 13,900 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology, MUTEC, and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.
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