The goal of the initial Genuine Museum of Genius conference is to establish a network as the basis for discussing the relocation and transformation of the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. Besides placing emphasis on the importance of the famous Serbian and international scientist and in- ventor in terms of research and study, it is of equal importance to consider the way his work and biogra- phy are communicated to the wider public through the museum as medium. As the Nikola Tesla Muse- um in Belgrade enters the process of (both physical and narrative) transformation, so the perspectives from which we observe and communicate Nikola Tesla and his legacy become standards on a global level.
Therefore, plans for the “new” Nikola Tesla Museum transcend the vision of one nation, one perspective, or one model of communication and narrative, creating a fusion of diverse solutions. If not, the Nikola Tesla Museum will simple be a passive promoter of the narratives that are formed (and branded else- where) and not the creator of meaning and values transmitted from one small country to the world.
Therefore, debates are both delicate and heterogeneous. For the Initial Conference we have chosen to focus on the typical challenges facing moving museum objects and the overall transformation and re- branding of an institution, and to compare them with similar narratives and challenges in other settings and circumstances.
HERITAGE WE ARE LIVING
09.30 Representatives of Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia General info about the conference participants and structure
10.00 Rifat Kulenović, The Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade
10.15 Sonja Ifko, Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana
10.30 Branimir Jovanović, The Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade Senior Curator, Former Director of the museum
10.45 – 11.00 Q&A during Coffee Break
TRANSFORMING CHARACTER INTO INSTITUTION
11.00 Natalia Zarzecka, Director, Cricoteka – Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Kraków/Poland
11.15 Vladimir Perić, The Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Curator
11.30 Sandro Debono, Museum thinker, culture strategist and culture advisor to the President of the Republic of Malta
11.45 – 12.00 Q&A during Coffee Break
INSTITUTION THAT LIVES AMONG US
12.00 Zorica Civrić, The Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade
12.15 Maksimian Alba, Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade
12.30 Thanassis Kontonikolaou, General director, NOESIS, Thessaloniki
12.45 – 13.00 Closing remarks of the organizers