Szilvia Nagy is the Artist-in-Residence in April at MQ Vienna


Szilvia Nagy, Hungary, is the new Artist-in-Residence, who is spending the month of April in Vienna in one of the studio spaces of quartier21/ MuseumsQuartier.

Szilvia is an anthropologist and curator, living and working in Budapest. She established the Miskolc Institute of Contemporary Art (M.ICA), and was leading it between 2008 – 2012.

“My research looks at the ways new museology and progressive institutional form have been transferred and adapted in Eastern Europe, in an economical-political background that is radically different from those countries where these theories originated. My hypothesis is that this adaptation depends largely on the existing social, political and institutional conditions, which enable or block the implementation of progressive institutional forms. Furthermore, my research investigates if these new, web-type participatory museums could be the means and patterns of museum transformation in Eastern societies; if the Social Web as an institutional structure could lead to a new model where events substitute exhibitions, where participants replace attendants by creative content creation, sharing and discussions”, says Szilvia about her research plans during the residence.

“To evaluate this question my research uses case studies in thematically chosen Western and Eastern European art institutions, which are at a different level of the participatory transformations. To get an outline of the adaptations and changes, I would like to compare a Western cultural institution established by the means of new museology (WUK,Vienna), a Western progressive project (Artothec, n.b.k.), a participatory/transitory art project in Ljubljana (MoTA) and a Moldavian art association (Oberliht)”, Szilvia adds.

The Artist-in-Residence programme at quartier21/ MuseumsQuartier in Vienna is an initiative of ERSTE Foundation and