Spaanse filosoof in Franse krant over rendabele musea… of zijn het de universiteiten?

«… les stratégies de croissance et de marketing sont entrées de plain-pied dans ces espaces. S’il fut, pendant un bref laps de temps, possible de transformer le musée en un laboratoire démocratique au sein duquel se réinventait la sphère publique, cette idée est démantelée au nom d’un argument unique : la dépendance aux subventions publiques doit être dépassée en temps de «crise», le moment est venu de faire du lieu un commerce rentable».

colliniFoto: Stefan Collini, What are universities for? (pag. x).

Het artikel van Paul B. Preciado (MomaPompidouTate GuggenheimAbudhabi, Libération van 13 maart jl), waaruit de citaat hierboven komt, kwam ik een paar dagen geleden tegen. Ik moest dan ook direct denken – door de evidente parallellen tussen de situatie die Preciado schetst voor musea, en die van de universiteiten (zie reeks posts What are universities for? op deze blog) – aan een stuk dat ik bijna drie jaar geleden postte op mijn oude blog Bibliocw-soc, waar ik voorstelde, in de citaat die hieronder volgt, het woord ‘Gallery’ (i.e. de National Gallery in Londen) te vervangen met ‘bibliotheek’, ‘universiteit’, ‘school’ of welke andere onderwijs-, cultureel- of gezondheidszorginstelling dan ook, om te zien dat de citaat (Alan Bennett, Going to the pictures, pp. 475-476 van Untold stories) alarmerend van toepassing blijft.

«… like most public institutions today the Gallery is required not merely to do its job but also to prove that it is doing its job. It is an exercise that is at the same time self-defeating and self-fulfilling. The current orthodoxy assumes that public servants will only do their job as well as they can if they are required to prove that they are doing their job as well as they can. But this proving takes time, and the time spent preparing annual reports and corporate plans showing one is doing the job is taken out of the time one would otherwise spend doing it… thus ensuring that the institution is indeed less efficient than would otherwise be the case. Which is the point the Treasury is trying to prove in the first place. And every public institution now is involved in this futile time-wasting merry-go-round. Necessary to this merry-go-round is another misapprehension, namely that everything is quantifiable, that what visitors to the Gallery come away with can be assessed by means of questionnaires and so on. Well, maybe 20 per cent of it can, and maybe 20 per cent of all these efficiency-inducing exercises are worthwhile, or worth the hours and hours of time and form-filling they take up. And yes, one can gauge from a questionnaire how quick the service is in the café or how clean the lavatories are, but it cannot be said too often that the heart of what goes on here, the experience of someone in front of a painting, cannot be assessed and remains a mystery even, very often, to them».

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