(6) Reading List

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CIMAM Reading Recommendations, January 22, 2024

(6) Reading List

The papers and books listed below have been recommended for being powerful sources of inspiration.

Creating sustainable exhibitions at the Design Museum: Article published at Blooloop on 8th February 2024 by Lalla Merlin on how the museum is measuring its carbon impact and changing the way the sector thinks about temporary exhibits.

Museums and the Climate Crisis, book edited by Nick Merriman, Taylor & Francis, Dec 22, 2023, shows how museums can respond to the interrelated global climate, biodiversity and pollution crises. They have a unique role because they take a long-term perspective, and their scholarship and independence mean that they remain trusted by the public.

How can museums support better futures? Churchill Fellowship findings, for COP28. November 2023. This report, authored by Henry McGhie from Curating Tomorrow, addresses the inadequacy of global action for climate change, human rights, and environmental challenges, including pollution and biodiversity loss. Released on the commencement of COP28, the 28th meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the report emphasizes the insufficient efforts not only from governments but also from various sectors, museums included. The report concludes with key recommendations derived from the study visits, aiming to guide museums in ramping up their efforts for sustainable development, climate action, and broader environmental responsibilities.

The museum environment in an era of sustainability (video recording). Talk by Dr David Saunders, a leading conservation scientist with extensive experience working in large museums in the UK, spoke about the era of sustainability and its impact on the museum environment. Energy use and our carbon footprint are of key interest to institutions and conservators, whether related to heating, lighting, or exhibitions. Conservators are engaged in initiatives to improve conservation practice and reduce waste. This event was organized by Dr Austin Nevin (The Courtauld) and hosted in conjunction with the International Institute of Conservation of Artistic and Historical Works Annual General Meeting.

Organised and the International Institute of Conservation of Artistic and Historical Works.

Degrowth and Progress. Texts by Sara Buraya Boned, Cristina Cámara, Marta Echaves, Silvia Federici, Ida Hiršenfelder, Vladan Joler, Vincent Liegey, Monica Narula, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Corina Oprea, Paula Pin Lage, Ajda Pistotnik. Presenting works by: Rosa Barba, nora chipaumire and Ari Marcopoulos, Vladan Joler, Staš Kleindienst, Elizabeth LaPensée, Paula Pin Lage, Raqs Media Collective, Maja Smrekar, Andrés Tena (2021).

Plasticity of the Planet: On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions. Texts by Defne Ayas, Viviana Checchia, Grzegorz Czemiel, Daniel Falb, Cathy Fitzgerald, Mira Gakjina, Alexander Hope, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Jarosław Lubiak, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Ewa Majewska, Catharine Malabou, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Małgorzata Sugiera, and Magdalena Ziółkowska (2019).

Resource Hungry. Our Cultured Landscape and its Ecological Impact. Texts by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Stuart Bannocks, Andrea Bowers, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Professor Roberto Feo & Rosario Hurtado, Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Joan Jonas, Stefan Kaegi, Jessica Morgan, Philippe Rahm, Lucy Raven Anneliek Sijbrandij et al. Edited by Jessica Morgan and Dorothea von Hantelmann (2020).

Life Cycle Assessments of Loans and Exhibitions: Three Case Studies at the Museum Fine Arts, Boston. Texts by Sarah Nunberg, Matthew J. Eckelman, and Pamela Hatchfield (2016). Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.

The carbon footprint of museum loans: a pilot study at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Texts by Simon Lambert & Jane Henderson (2011). Museum Management and Curatorship.

Museums on the Climate Journey. Essentials Guidebook 6 Tips to a Sustainable Management of a Museum. Text by We Are Museums.

Waste&Materials. Collections Care: Packing, Storage & Transport. A Step-By-Step Guide for Sustainable Action. Volume I. Texts by Ki Culture. This guide is intended to provide sustainability information to make the best possible decisions for your needs working in the cultural field.

Read prose and lyrics as well, not only hard facts to understand how serious the environmental crisis is:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854).

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962).

Aniara by Harry Martinson (1956).

The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Tranströmer (Selected Poems 2001).