Exhibitions as Research: Experimental Methods in Museums

1st Edition

Peter Bjerregaard

July 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 52 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781138646063 - CAT# Y228110
Series: Routledge Research in Museum Studies

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Exhibitions as Research contends that museums would be more attractive to both researchers and audiences if we consider exhibitions as knowledge-in-the-making rather than platforms for disseminating already-established insights. Analysing the theoretical underpinnings and practical challenges of such an approach, the book questions whether it is possible to exhibit knowledge that is still in the making, whilst also considering which concepts of "knowledge" apply to such a format. The book also considers what the role of audience might be if research is extended into the exhibition itself.

Providing concrete examples of instances where museum professionals have approached exhibition making as a knowledge-generating process, the book considers tools of application and the challenges that might emerge from pursuing such an approach. Contributions to the volume also offer theoretical insight, as the idea of exhibitions as research is considered a part of recent developments within materiality theories, object-oriented ontology and participatory approaches to exhibition making.

Exhibitions as Research will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of museology, material culture, anthropology and archaeology. It will also appeal to museum professionals who have an interest in current trends in exhibition-making.

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