‘Yes, we are interested in the narratives that ArkDes constructs, how it does so, and why. It is the same interest that lies behind the network’s collaboration with the National Museum in Copenhagen. The latter also holds a large responsibility as the one that per definition collects and preserves our national treasures in Denmark’, adds network coordinator Jannie Rosenberg Bendsen (Cand.mag., PhD) from the Aarhus School of Architecture.
The network’s reflection on the museum as a medium for the representation of architecture connects to the network members’ more general and comprehensive interest in mass media as a primary site for developing architectural discourse.
The seminar in Stockholm will not only deal with the discussion of the museum and its function in society; it will also shed light on a large number of other mass media and what kind of representations they have produced about the post-war city of the Scandinavian welfare state.
Against this backdrop, the seminar will look into what makes the Scandinavian model different from other welfare state models—such as, for example, the British one—and examine whether the Scandinavian model has influenced its own representation.