Exhibition Experiments

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Sharon Macdonald, Paul Basu
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2008 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Exhibition Experiments is a lively collection that considers experiments with museological form that challenge our understanding of - and experience with - museums.

  • Explores examples of museum experimentalism in light of cutting-edge museum theory
  • Draws on a range of global and topical examples, including museum experimentation, exhibitionary forms, the fate of conventional notions of ‘object’ and ‘representation’, and the impact of these changes
  • Brings together an international group of art historians, anthropologists, and sociologists to question traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Considers the impact of technology on the museum space
    tackles a range of examples of experimentalism from many different countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Sweden, the UK and the US
  • Examines the changes and challenging new possibilities facing museum studies

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Introduction Experiments in Exhibition Ethnography Art and Science
1 Legibility and Affect Museums as New Media
2 The Labyrinthine Aesthetic in Contemporary Museum Design
3 Exhibition as Film
4 Experimenting with Representation Iconoclash and Making Things Public
5 Walking on a Storyboard Performing Shared Incompetence Exhibiting Science in the Public Realm
6 From Capital to Enthusiasm an Exhibitionary Practice
7 The Politics of Display AnnSofi Sidéns Warte Mal Art History and Social Documentary
8 From Exhibiting to Installing Ethnography Experiments at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Coimbra Portugal 19992005
9 Raising Specters Welcoming Hybrid Phantoms at Chicagos Museum of Science and Industry
10 Exposing Expo Exhibition Entrepreneurship and Experimental Reflexivity in Late Modernity

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About the author (2008)

Sharon Macdonald is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is author of Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum (2002), and editor of A Companion to Museum Studies (Blackwell 2006) and Theorizing Museums (with G. Fyfe, Blackwell 1996).

Paul Basu is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. An active exhibition experimenter, he is author of Highland Homecomings (2007).

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