Preparations underway for MUTEC 2018: early highlights of the international trade fair
Preparations for the next edition of the international trade fair are now underway, and some highlights are already taking shape, among them a special show, project presentations and symposiums. One year ago MUTEC, which has been held in parallel with denkmal since 2010, saw its successful premiere as an event wholly organised by Leipziger Messe. The duo of trade fairs attracted 13,900 visitors, easily exceeding expectations. MUTEC in particular was able to achieve a considerable increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors. The 2018 edition has already received a number of early registrations. The registration papers for exhibitors are available online for all interested companies.
MUTEC as an industry platform is as multifarious as the challenges and requirements faced by museums, archives and libraries. For this reason, we have revised the nomenclature in order to better accommodate the broad range represented by the International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology and address all relevant target audiences adequately. For instance, within the MUTEC Product Profile, the field Archives/Depot was added as a main point, completed by the points Storage rack systems, Inventories / exhibit administration, Documentation, Digitisation, Data management, and Software. For 2018 new subjects for museums, libraries and archives are Securing & Preserving, Digitisation, Lighting technology, and Accessibility. These interdisciplinary subjects are reflected in the exhibition as well as in the professional programme.
3D as the topic of the future: special show “Safeguarding culture through digitisation”
The 3D Lab of the Institute of Mathematics at Technische Universität Berlin will organise an interesting special show at MUTEC 2018. Under the title “Safeguarding culture through digitisation”, the 3D Lab and its partners will shine a light on the potential applications of 3D technology within the cultural sector. The show will include, among other things, the full range of 3D scanning, rapid prototyping and 3D visualisation.
Project “Learning space: libraries as virtual networks”
In recent years, scientific libraries have gained importance as communication hubs and spaces for learning. This trend is driven, on the one hand, by modern forms of learning, such as project and group work, blended learning, as well as print and electronic media being available in one single place. On the other hand, the needs and requirements of learners have evolved significantly in the digital age. The traditional library, once merely a place of books, has become a space where people study, communicate, develop new ideas or simply meet up.
As part of the “Cooperation programme for the support of cross-border cooperation between the Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic 2014-2020”, the university libraries of Chemnitz and Zittau/Görlitz, the Scientific District Library Liberec, the university library of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, and the university library of Liberec work together in the project "Learning space – a library information platform". The project’s aim is to network the participating libraries to achieve a cross-border virtual learning space. The project will be presented to the public for the first time at MUTEC 2018.
MUTEC professional programme presents conventions, seminars and workshops
In addition to the offering for all sectors in the exhibition area of MUTEC, the international trade fair once again boasts an interdisciplinary professional programme with exciting subjects for museums, archives and libraries. As the representative of museums in the Free State of Saxony, the Saxon Museum Association will (for the second time, following the 2016 edition) conduct its annual training convention on current aspects of museum management at MUTEC. The event will take place on the second trade fair day, 09 November 2018. More than 100 directors of museums are expected.
The Federal Association of Freelance Cultural Scientists (BfK) will also hold its annual convention at MUTEC 2018. The association has its 20th anniversary this year and intends to use the last trade fair day for a discussion on the way the digitisation of our (work) environment changes how we think and act about culture, and how museums can get to grips with the problems of digitisation and the profound changes it brings. Speakers working at the intersections of culture and digitisation will be weighing in on various aspects of these complex problems.
“kultur!gut!schützen! – Rettung von Kulturgütern im Gefahrenfall” (Saving cultural goods in hazardous situations) – that is the title of the 5th International SiLK Conference, which is organised by the “Guidelines for the protection of cultural property” (SiLK), the Conference of National Cultural Institutions (KNK) and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) during the first two trade fair days. This convention on emergency planning and emergency response will be dealing mostly with the subjects of prevention, recovery of cultural assets and cooperation between competent authorities.
One of the challenges faced by many cultural institutions is how to raise sufficient funds, as state funding often covers only basic services. Donations can open up new perspectives and give more freedom to operate. Therefore the subject of fundraising will for the first time be included in the professional programme of MUTEC and denkmal. It will be overseen by Fundraiser Magazine, which has been organising professional events on the topics of donations, foundations and cooperation between companies across Germany for the last 15 years.
Two workshops held by the museum planner Dr. Joachim Huber at MUTEC 2018 could be of particular interest for museums planning a new depot or a relocation of their inventory.
The first workshop deals with the preparation of a reliable basis for depot planning, such as creating a quantitative structure for warehouse technology, which is then used to work out a user needs programme. The second workshop will be looking at the role of the user in depot planning. The focus will be on the detailed implementation of a depot project, in particular when it comes to including users and preparing them for the project.
European Cultural Heritage Year at MUTEC and denkmal
2018 will be the European Cultural Heritage Year – a thematic year proclaimed by the European Commission, meant to encourage European citizens to engage with the rich cultural heritage of their continent and its turbulent history under the motto “Sharing Heritage”. An opportunity to do just that will present itself at MUTEC and denkmal – the leading European trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, which takes place in parallel with MUTEC. denkmal is one of the three official highlights of the European Cultural Heritage Year and will be presenting its projects at the trade fair. Furthermore, visitors can expect a “Sharing Heritage” forum, where international topics will be discussed.
The focus of the trade fair is on museum technology, exhibition design, visitor services, media presentation, archiving and digitisation, and library technology. With this wide-ranging offering, the trade fair caters to the operators of museums , collections, exhibition centres, galleries, archives , depots, and libraries. Architectural offices and consulting agencies specialising in the sectors of art and historic preservation will also benefit from visiting MUTEC. The professional programme deals with current developments and challenges within the industry. Since 2010, MUTEC has been taking place under the same roof and at the same time as denkmal, the leading European trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation. Leipziger Messe has been the organiser of both events since 2016. In 2016, 80 exhibitors from ten countries were present at MUTEC, which together with denkmal attracted 13,900 visitors.
denkmal, the leading European trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services for the fields of maintenance, inventorying, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. Held every two years since 1994, it has become the industry’s international meeting point at the exhibition grounds in Leipzig. In addition to the cross-disciplinary mix of exhibitors, visitors can expect a high-calibre international professional programme. At denkmal 2016, 435 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products and services. The professional programme offered more than 150 events. The trade fair’s 12th edition welcomed 13,900 visitors (together with MUTEC). In parallel with denkmal, the International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology, MUTEC, as well as the trade show Lehmbau on mudbrick construction, will also be taking place.
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