How are works of art created and what materials do artists actually work with? What themes are examined in the works? And how can I become artistic myself? In Museum Brandhorst’s “Factory” you will soon have the opportunity to find out and become creative yourself. Here you can find all the information about the project and get started.
What is behind the “Factory”?
No matter how, when or where—the “Factory” is an open creative laboratory. It consists of an art education room in the museum and an online platform. This provides an artistic production space in the museum where a wide variety of materials and media can be used to create your own works of art. At the same time, the digital program of the online platform enables visitors to conduct their own creative experiments in the footsteps of our artists, regardless of their location, bringing impulses and experiments in artistic techniques into the home and classroom. The Brandhorst Collection can be discovered and further explored in a playful way.
The prototype of the online Factory was developed in 2021 as a project within the framework of “dive in. Program for Digital Interactions,” with funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Unfortunately, COVID delayed the conversion of the room in the museum. The room and the online platform are scheduled to open together in Winter 2022 and can then be used both on site and virtually.
In the development of the online platform, we tested methods of design thinking and developed the formats participatively through various design sprints, with the help of focus groups. We tested the results among an interested public. In turn, the feedback flowed into the next round of development. In parallel, we exchanged ideas with numerous institutions and individuals and entered into various collaborations to improve the quality of art education across institutions.
For this valuable exchange, we would like to thank, in addition to many teachers and private individuals, the Museum Educational Center, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Catholic University Eichstädt-Ingolstadt, the University of Television and Film Munich, the pi.lot project and Jugend hackt, as well as the other projects of the “dive in. Program for Digital Interactions,” to name just a few.
How can the “Factory” be developed collaboratively?
We want to develop our program in a participatory way. That’s why it is subject to constant reflection and adaptation. The goal is to take up current discourses and socially relevant topics related to the collection and to make them relevant and exciting for our visitors.
We also design our online program in this way. Now that the prototype of our “Factory” platform has been completed, the content is being developed step by step. You can access the prototype of the platform here. Currently, our prototype looks like a real website, but it is actually a testing site with limited functionality. This will allow us to work together to improve the content of the platform until its release in Winter 2022.
The prototype and various events frequently invite people to get to know the “Factory” and help shape its development. Currently, we are looking for interested schools to cooperate in the development of joint programs. If you are interested in entering into such a cooperation, we would be pleased to hear from you:
Kirsten Storz, Project Management Factory
Until we open
And, Action: Do you want to get creative yourself and learn more about the artists? Or take a closer look at an artwork and discuss it with others? Until the “Factory” opens there is already a lot to discover on our museum website (under “Mediathek”). Our PostcARTs, children’s activity booklets and videos already provide many ways to get to know the collection. In addition, the prototype of the Factory online platform can be used at any time and offers numerous ideas for engaging with art in a practical and conversational way, whether in the museum, at home, or at school.
How can the “Factory” be supported?
We want to continuously develop and improve the “Factory” to meet the needs of a wide variety of target groups, to do justice to the complexity of general social issues, and to inspire an artistic view of the world. If you support these concerns or would like to learn more about the Factory, we would be happy to hear from you:
Kirsten Storz, Project Manager, Factory