OSCAM has been researching and working on something very special the past few months. Together with you, we will question, redefine and broaden what it means to be a museum. This will not be done in a traditional way, as we are aiming for a complete immersion in the subject.
Our goal is to stimulate the interest in art in its broadest form, among the inhabitants of Southeast Amsterdam also known as the Bijlmer and inspire the youth in this area. Simultaneously, we involve other social art institutions of Amsterdam in this process, to become a connecting platform for all these different parties.
As the curator statement of OSCAM says: we are a place for conversation, conversations about art and representation. We see that the cultural field is opening up to this conversation, but sometimes feels lost on where to start. This can lead up to a paralysis-state. Change can be uncomfortable, and fear is not an uncommon factor.
Because we feel that certain things are not spoken about out in the open, we created a game. A game where you can have these conversations, right here in our Open Space. We are going to ask you a few questions, and ‘you’ can answer. We say you, because you can create your own avatar, this will give us a look into the visual diversity of the cultural field in the Netherlands.
After you’ve answered the questions, you will receive a score that you can compare to employees of other Dutch cultural institutions. This is not to say one is better than the other, but to see what we can learn from each other. We all have blind spots, and sometimes we need to look around and help each other find them.
This game gives you the option to reflect on your organisation. How do your answers differ from your colleagues? Why is that? We want this game to be a conversation starter, so let’s talk.