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  • Writer's pictureTomislav S. Šola

Knowing the World – Key to curatorial response



I have often used this slide since 2014 as one of those that served as a reminder to criticize the state of the world. It has been slightly changed over time. Since I have always claimed that museums are there, like us though, to make the world better I thought it appropriate to indicate its main problems. Namely, as I embraced the idea that the future science of public memory (instead of all other tries) would be a certain applied cybernetics, - this made ever more sense. According to cybernetics, being after balanced, harmonious development is about constantly redefining norms that govern the society or any of its communities. Recognizing threats leads to creating appropriate responses that retain or regain the balance that keeps the direction as we are constantly trying to elaborate the ways to it. Harmonious development is not a cultural Marxism but an eternal humanist dream shared in many ways everywhere.


But the warring world is not the way to it. Moreover, the world in which wars are becoming the most profitable business is the wrong world and perpetrators are to be blamed for the shameful state of the planet. The profit makers are even able to prevent the promotors of the green agenda from mentioning wars as catastrophic polluters.


Democracy is a construct by which the rule of the oligarchs is disguised in, what pretends to be too much of it in the form of the rule of the mob. Media serve this manipulation by incessant concentration of power and increasing badly disguised censorship. This is why the profession of journalism is constantly discredited and depreciated. With banks relieved from the regulatory power of the state, fiscal slavery is becoming the everyday reality of hard-working people leading from scarcity to pauperisation.

Creating insecurity and fear among citizens is the easiest way to deal with challenges that real rule of justice and peace require. The system which turned into a grand stock-exchange casino has little to do with capitalism.


The ultimate privatisation is a reckless method of mercantilisation of all facets of life including culture and education, always at the detriment of anything it touches. By these processes, the world is getting uglier and more poisonous a place. All that happens is accompanied by the theories, kind words, plans and resolutions that, like never before, assure us of the utmost care that politicians extend to our environment and secure a safe and peaceful future. With greed as the only ideology that survived we have nothing but rising chaos in which, seemingly, some other world united upon its common, shared future may emerge, - dominated by no one but a common vision and solidarity.


As humans, we have never faced such an open danger of a scenario which comprises the end of the human species. Could museums and memory institutions do anything about it? I believe they can but do they indeed? Some do and that is encouraging.


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