Simon Sakhai, director of The Moving Museum – a nomadic incubator for artists, ideas and cities – released a statement revealing that the team behind the immersive, site-independent project has joined Art Basel Cities as consultant strategists. Art Basel Cities, an initiative introduced by Art Basel in March 2016, works with partner cities to develop bespoke programmes to promote cultural engagement. “This is something we all ‘talk’ about in the arts but here was a project that was quite literally being designed around it,” stated Sakhai.
“Art Basel Cities was the opportunity to explore all of the same themes and questions we were trying to answer with The Moving Museum, but on a much bigger scale, and the mobilisation of so many additional stakeholders beyond what was possible in our own capacity. With the introduction of all the social and political events, it was also a moment to ask us what it means to produce culture in a world that was beginning to question the homogenising trends of globalisation, and how diversity could somehow be the antidote that brings us closer together in the end.”
The first partner city, upon which The Moving Museum team has been working with Art Basel for the past year, is Buenos Aires in Argentina. Following an intense period of research and programme development, 2-5 November will see the public Argentinian launch, but 11-16 September 2018 will mark the formal start of the programme under the artistic directorship of Cecilia Alemani. The multi-year city exchange will allow professional collaborations, enhance support of cultural projects and mutually strengthen the individual art landscapes. This includes The Project Bureau, an internship programme, crowd funding campaigns, and workshops and talks. Further details will be released in the coming months.
While this puts The Moving Museum projects on hold, Sakhai asserts that it is simply the beginning of the museum’s life. “It was a project that was only made possible by a constellation of unique global, social, political, economic, and ‘art world’ factors,” Sakhai explained. “Now that all of these factors have gone into a period of flux, we believe it is up to all of us to build the type of world we want to emerge out of all of this.” It will continue to deliver its online programming through The Moving Museum Anthologies, developed in partnership with The Arts Council England.
For more information, visit Artbasel.com/about/initiatives/cities.