When we celebrate, we celebrate being together, together. Christmas, which we often think of as “the big celebration,” is for many of us, however, also the “celebration of loneliness,” when we become especially painfully aware of being alone. We are social beings. Contact with others is of existential importance. Avoiding loneliness is a survival characteristic of the human being—based in our evolution,” according to the Vienna psychiatrist and neurologist Karin Gutiérrez-Lobos. We will also talk with the expert about the current concern revolving around the loneliness of a young generation, as well as about how important the feeling of fellowship is and how we can engage ourselves as a society on its behalf. We also consider whether and how museums can and should become places that counter isolation.
We need to talk! The MAK starts the new art education format Conversation Pieces. We will speak with artists, activists, scientists, and personalities from various fields about select objects from the MAK Collection. Conversation Pieces is dedicated to themes like diversity, feminism, participation or loneliness, symbiotic bodies, racism in collections, planet care, and much more. We use the MAK as a polyphonic place for the exchange of ideas and to engage in various sociopolitical discourses and problems that enable new perspectives on an extraordinary collection. Conversation Pieces can be understood as an impetus to make widespread pictorial worlds and narratives visible and to critically question them by talking about them together.