Read the Clock and Take your Time: Museum-University Collaboration Model from Zero to One

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: Read the Clock and Take your Time: Museum-University Collaboration Model from Zero to One
Stream: Arts - Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Wenying Lu, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Xin Fang, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China


A growing trend in National Museums of China is the establishment of innovative new partnerships with universities to deal with the dramatic development in the last 10 years. However, collaboration can be difficult and time-consuming, sometimes it is so complicated even beyond the imagination. We presented a long-term anticipatory action research based on a museum-university collaboration in Southeast China which aimed to offer practical advice for community-based and university-based people who want to do collaborative research. This collaboration between Guangdong Province Museum and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts took place from Oct 2017 until Feb 2021 culminating in a big participatory public art-based project at every first day of the New Year as a significant community celebration event. Two dimensions have been setup at the very beginning to assess the effectiveness of the collaboration. One is the wide range of community participants, and the other is the depth of community engagement.
Community-engaged Research model (CEnR) was adapted with a time-line as a new dimension to evaluate this 4-year action research. Inspired by the concept from science and technology evolution history, the moment "from Zero to One" was highlighted as a focus and lens for in-depth study. Museum-University Collaboration Model from Zero to One is an approach to recognize the transforming collaboration pattern from low-level engagement to high-level engagement. A co-design workshop was identified as the landmark to achieve the high-level collaboration. Final suggestion for collaboration practitioner is to read the clock, understand where you are, then take your time.

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