“Strong building, strong person,
strong message”

Symposium im Forum Jacob Pins

What should be shown in the forum Anja Niedringhaus and how should it be shown? How can such a start-up be positioned in the museum landscape? These were key questions at the conference “Ideas for the Forum Anja Niedringhaus” at the Forum Jacob Pins in Höxter, Germany. Renowned experts illuminated the topic from different perspectives. The approximately 50 participants rated the symposium as “extraordinarily inspiring”.

“Strong building, strong person, strong message.” With these words, the interior designer Heike Falkenberg from Düsseldorf justified the chance to create a place with charisma. “What makes us unique? Why should one travel to Höxter for this?” Roland Nachtigäller, director of the Marta Herford Museum, Germany, said to the initiators. How important is the presence in the social media for the perception of a cultural project, led Christoph Luchs, lecturer for Social Media Systems at the University of Applied Siences in Central Hesse, the event participants in mind. Clemens Müller, scenographer from Dortmund, Germany, informed about possibilities of interaction between digital and analogue space.

The confrontation with the endangerment of the freedom of the press, the causes and consequences of crises, conflicts and wars is one of the objectives of the FAN. The topicality of these topics was underlined by Carl Wilhelm Macke, board member of the Association of Journalists helping journalists, with his remarks. The subject of war photography was important because it touched all areas of society and was not sufficiently reflected, was the opinion of Sophie C. Opitz, a scholarship holder of the Museum Curators for Photography program of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and currently works at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. By this is meant not only the journalistic photography, but also the underrepresented photography in the war.

At 1,200 billion, the number of photos taken in 2017 is estimated. It should have risen in the meantime. The effects of the “digital revolution” were addressed by Michael Ebert, university lecturer in Hanover and Magdeburg, Germany, in the course of photojournalism and documentary photography. The preservation of the cultural heritage of photography in times of digital transience: this could be a task of the Forum Anja Niedringhaus too. (C.L.)

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