Dr M. Schavemaker (1971) has been appointed professor of Media and Art in Museum Practice at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. This is a new chair in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Margriet Schavemaker will combine the chair with her role as Manager of Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk Museum.
Based on an interdisciplinary approach, Schavemaker’s research will focus on the relation between art and museum practice and the emergence of television, video and digital media, amongst others. This ranges from the way in which artists reflect on the online visual culture (internet/social media) in their work to the impact this has on museum programmes and acquisition policies (what does displaying an online artwork in the museum and preserving it forever involve?). The wide range of ways in which new media technologies are used to enrich the museum experience and make it more accessible (e.g. multimedia tours and robots that allow people to visit the museum remotely) are also a key feature of Schavemaker’s research.
Schavemaker will teach on UvA’s Master’s and Research Master's programmes in the field of media, culture and art, including the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image Master’s programme.