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Exhibition Experiments (New Interventions in Art History)

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Publisher Comments:

Exhibition Experiments is a lively and imaginative anthology which considers experiments with museological form that challenge our understanding and experience of museums and exhibitions. Exploring examples from around the world, Exhibition Experiments investigates a range of topical issues which chart the frontier of museum studies. These include: the popularity and proliferation of museum experimentation, novel exhibitionary forms and their implications for knowledge and identity, transformations of architecture and design, narrative and navigation, juxtapositions of art with science and ethnography, the fate of conventional notions of “object” and “representation,” and the disorientating yet stimulating consequences of all this for museum-going.

This innovative collection brings together a mix of art historians, anthropologists, curators, and sociologists to question traditional disciplinary boundaries. Contributors tackle a range of examples of experimentalism from many different countries and exhibition spaces, and combine them with cutting-edge museum theory. The result is an exciting volume that captures the changes and challenging new possibilities facing museum studies.

Book News Annotation:

Macdonald (social anthropology, U. of Manchester, UK) and Basu (anthropology, U. of Sussex, UK) compile 10 essays by art historians, anthropologists, curators, and artists from Europe and the US, who put forth the idea that contemporary exhibitions do more than disseminate knowledge, but are also experimental practices in "meaning-making" and means of generating knowledge and experience. Some of the essays were based on those presented at a panel entitled "Exhibition Experiments: Technologies and Cultures of Display" at the Anthropology and Science conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists held in Manchester in 2003. Subjects discussed in the essays relate to museums and contemporary museum design, exhibition as film, specific projects in places such as Chicago and Portugal, social documentary, and reflexivity. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Exhibition Experiments is a lively collection that considers experiments with museological form that challenge our understanding of - and experience with - museums.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

1. Experiments in Exhibition, Ethnography, Art and Science.

Paul Basu and Sharon Macdonald.

2. Legibility and Affect: Museums as New Media.

Michelle Henning.

3. The Labrynthine Aesthetic in Contemporary Museum Design.

Paul Basu.

4. Exhibition as Film.

Mieke Bal.

5. Experimenting with Representation: Iconoclash! and Making Things Public.

Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour.

6. Walking on a Story Board, Performing Shared Incompetence. Exhibiting "Science" in the Public Realm.

Xperiment! - Bernd Kraeftner, Judith Kroell, and Isabel Warner.

7. From Capital to Enthusiasm: an Exhibitionary Practice.

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska.

8. The Politics of Display. Ann-Sofi Sidén’s WARTE MAL!, Art History and Social Documentary.

A seminar with Laura Bear, Clare Carolin, Griselda Pollock and Ann-Sofi Sidén. Edited by Clare Carolin and Cathy Haynes.

9. From Exhibiting to Installing Ethnography: Experiments at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) 1999-2005.

Nuno Porto.

10. Raising Specters: Welcoming Hybrid Phantoms at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Anne Lorimer.

11. Exposing Expo: exhibition entrepreneurship and experimental reflexivity in late modernity.

Alexa Färber

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405130769
Author:
Macdonald, Sharon
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Editor:
MacDonald, Sharon
Editor:
Baru, Paul
Author:
Basu, Paul
Author:
MacDonald, Sharon
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marketing - General
Subject:
Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Museums -- Management.
Subject:
Museum exhibits.
Subject:
Museum & Heritage Studies
Subject:
Business;Marketing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
New Interventions in Art History
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Exhibition Experiments is a lively collection that considers experiments with museological form that challenge our understanding of - and experience with - museums.
"Synopsis" by , 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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