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Smeds, K. (2017). Rummet, tinget, utställningen och jag: en fenomenologisk betraktelse. In: Hege Börrud Huseby, Pia Cederholm (Ed.), Museumsutstillinger: å forstå, skape og vurdere natur- og kulturhistoriske utstillinger (pp. 11-38). Trondheim: Museumsforlaget AS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rummet, tinget, utställningen och jag: en fenomenologisk betraktelse
2017 (Swedish)In: Museumsutstillinger: å forstå, skape og vurdere natur- og kulturhistoriske utstillinger / [ed] Hege Börrud Huseby, Pia Cederholm, Trondheim: Museumsforlaget AS, 2017, p. 11-38Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Den här artikeln handlar om utställningsmediet och dess kommunikativa aspekter, sett inte i första hand som en Berättelse utan som ett tredimensionellt landskap, ett "territorium" belamrat med materiella ting (föremål, montrar) och andra markörer för vår uppmärksamhet. Jag undersöker hur platsspecifik rumslighet och vårt "geografiska förnuft" samverkar med våra kroppars sinnen och tankar och därmed vårt sätt att orientera oss i detta landskap. Jag diskuterar vidare tingens roll i det hela och hur våra mycket komplexa, både kroppsliga och mentala relationer till tingen och rummet påverkar den kommunikativa situationen i en utställning. Kontentan är att den vanliga föreställningen om att föremålen tillsammans bildar en "berättelse" egentligen är helt felaktig.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trondheim: Museumsforlaget AS, 2017
Keywords
exhibition, materiality, space, experience, phenomenology, utställning, ting, föremål, rummet, rumsupplevelse, fenomenologi
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152069 (URN)9788283050479 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-11-07Bibliographically approved
Smeds, K. (2016). Here comes everybody: the visitor business in museums in light of existential philosophy. In: Ann Davis, Kerstin Smeds (Ed.), Visiting the visitor: an enquiry into the visitor business in museums (pp. 105-126). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Here comes everybody: the visitor business in museums in light of existential philosophy
2016 (English)In: Visiting the visitor: an enquiry into the visitor business in museums / [ed] Ann Davis, Kerstin Smeds, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016, p. 105-126Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will discuss some ideas on learning and "understanding" in a communicative process, particularly attached to objects in a museum setting. I will analyse our object relations and the idea of engagement, participation and collaboration in museums. A starting point is, on the one hand, today's individualization of society, with self-performative action as a result. On the other hand there is a "radical group-forming" tendency that goes along with new communication technologies that has created an "architecture" of participation. Museums have responded to these new tendencies in society in a variety of ways. I will bring up some hermeneutical aspects to the "visitor business" and "learning" and point out the social and phenomenological origin of identity, thought and cognition. I will take a look at the identity of the "radical" individual on the one hand and of the institution on the other, and point at out some unsolved museological and paradigmatic problems as forin the interaction between these two. Finally, I will discuss the very much overlooked question how institutions think, and work?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016
Series
Museum ; 18
Keywords
museums, phenomenology, visitors, objects, exhibitions
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125455 (URN)978-3-8376-3289-7 (ISBN)978-3-8394-3289-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Davis, A. & Smeds, K. (Eds.). (2016). Visiting the visitor: an enquiry into the visitor business in museums. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visiting the visitor: an enquiry into the visitor business in museums
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The study of the museum visitor has undergone radical transformation. Each author here has asked unfamiliar questions and responded with fresh answers. Some of these questions involve the visitor's identity, what she brings to her museum experience. Can we gain entry into this experience? Does more technology really increase access to the objects themselves? Others probe the very nature of museum going and exhibition making, demanding that we reexamine the traditional exhibition to reposition the visitor and her meaning-making at the centre. The volume provokes imaginative research and encourages new conclusions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016. p. 250
Series
Museum ; 18
Keywords
Museums, Visitors, Object Relationships, Identity, Exhibitions, Museum, Cultural Management, Museum Management, Museology
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121252 (URN)978-3-8376-3289-7 (ISBN)978-3-8394-3289-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-30 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Smeds, K. (2015). Critical Museology in Scandinavia and Finland – a Basis of Change?. In: Delia Tzortzaki (Ed.), : . Paper presented at Workshop om Trends in Museology in Europé på norska institutet i Aten, december 2015. (pp. xx). , xx, Article ID xx.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical Museology in Scandinavia and Finland – a Basis of Change?
2015 (English)In: / [ed] Delia Tzortzaki, 2015, Vol. xx, p. xx-, article id xxConference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Museology has in most parts of the world been, and still is, perceived as a theory of the museum institution itself; the museum as social phenomenon; the museum’s role in society and learning, museum collections and management, etcetera. Parallel to this, particularly in East European countries, museology early came to cover much more. The concept grew larger and included other institutions from the field of heritage, living history and science. Today the concept of museology in these countries covers almost everything that has to do with man’s dealing with time, history, immaterial and material heritage, from large geographical eco-museums and heritage sites to the smallest private enterprise. The chair of museology at Umeå university, Sweden (courses started in 1981 but became a professorship in 1997), defines museology in this very broad sense. Our theoretical standpoint today is  also more critical and can be seen as a parallel to the emerging field of Critical Heritage.

In this paper I will explore the development of museology in Scandinavia and Finland and its early influences from East Europe and France. I will also ponder the seemingly deep “iron curtain” between the Anglo-Saxon and the German-French speaking world of museological or museum research.

In conclusion I will draw up some lines for the development of museology in order to create theoretical resources for museums and heritage enterprises to adapt in their work for a more sustainable future. Some seriously new lines of thinking are needed here.

Keywords
museologicacl trends, Scandinavian museology, museum education
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125457 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
Workshop om Trends in Museology in Europé på norska institutet i Aten, december 2015.
Projects
bokprojekt
Note

artikeln ingår i ett bokprojekt om museologiska trender i Europa, denna del handlar om Norden.

artiklarna är ute på peer-review hösten 2016.

Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Smeds, K. (2015). Metamorphoses of Value in the Battle between Preservation and Allowing Decay.: New Museological Perspectives.. In: Nouvelle tendences de la museologi/New Trends in Museology: . Paper presented at Nouvelle tendences de la museologie. 5-9 Juin 2014. Paris Sorbonne (pp. 263-282). Paper presented at Nouvelle tendences de la museologie. 5-9 Juin 2014. Paris Sorbonne. Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO), Vol43b
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metamorphoses of Value in the Battle between Preservation and Allowing Decay.: New Museological Perspectives.
2015 (English)In: Nouvelle tendences de la museologi/New Trends in Museology, Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO) , 2015, Vol. Vol43b, p. 263-282Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It seems that nothing that occurs in our society today may pass untouched by the hand of preservation, which treats every happening as a past in becoming. If preservation is a product of modernity, as I will argue, so is our multifaceted and complicated relationship to objects – our obsessive desire of consuming goods.

 

Museums are bulging under the pressure of their enormous collections. Museum collection and heritage management require ever more funds; this has become a major political issue in the post-modern society. Experts together with politicians governed by economic rationalities, battle with the issue of what to preserve, and what to let go. At the same time, in another realm of reality, we are producing billions of tons of trash and refuse every year – material stuff, of which a large part ends up in the oceans, or in enormous landfills all over the world, tightly packed and, without question, very well preserved for coming generations of archaeologists to dig up.

 

Museology is supposed to study – among other things – man’s “specific relation” to reality, particularly the material reality, and to offer guidance in how to cope with heritage in the future. This paper presents a post-humanist approach to museums and preservation at the one end and our everyday material discards and destruction of value at the other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO), 2015
Series
ICOFOM Study Series, ISSN 2309-1290 ; Vol.43b
Keywords
museum studies, museology, heritage, material culture, disposals debate, museer, samlingar, gallring, lämningar, problematiskt kulturarv
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111918 (URN)978-92-9012-414-6 (ISBN)
External cooperation:
Conference
Nouvelle tendences de la museologie. 5-9 Juin 2014. Paris Sorbonne
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Smeds, K. (2015). On Thing's Thinghood - Do we Really Care?. In: : . Paper presented at Objects Matter Workshop, Prague December 2015 (pp. xx). , xx, Article ID xx.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Thing's Thinghood - Do we Really Care?
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
museums, collections, disposals, critical heritage, objects, museer, samlingar, problematiskt kulturarv, föremål, gallring
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125456 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
Objects Matter Workshop, Prague December 2015
Note

paper presenterat på internationell forskningsworkshop Objects Matterpå Vetenskapsakademin i Prag.  Forskningsprojekt med samma namn, huvudman Björnar Olsen vid Universitetet i Tromsö.

forskningsförberedande

Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Smeds, K. (2014). Om utställningars sätt att tala. Utställningsestetiskt forum (5)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om utställningars sätt att tala
2014 (Swedish)In: Utställningsestetiskt forum, ISSN 2000-6934, no 5, p. 10Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Under museernas vårmöte i Umeå i april anordnade UEForum ett seminarium om utställningsmediet. En av deltagarna var Kerstin Smeds, professor i museologi. Här publicerar vi hennes anförande där hon diskuterar tre sidor av utställningsmediet: 1) Utställningen som ”text”, 2) Texter i utställningar och 3) Berättelsens dilemma.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Söderköping: UtställningsEstetiskt Forum, 2014. p. 10
Keywords
utställning, text, utställningsmediet
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111608 (URN)
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Smeds, K. (2013). Here Comes Everybody!: The Visitor Business in Museums in Light of Existential Philosophy. In: André Desvallées and Suzanne Nash (Ed.), 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium: . Paper presented at ICOM International Committee for Museology, 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium, Rio de Janeiro 12-14 August, 2013 (pp. 226-240). Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Here Comes Everybody!: The Visitor Business in Museums in Light of Existential Philosophy
2013 (English)In: 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium, Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO) , 2013, p. 226-240Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will discuss some ideas on learning and "understanding" in a communicative process, particularly attached to objects in a museum setting. I will analyse our object relations and the idea of engagement, participation and collaboration in museums. A starting point is, on the one hand, today's individualization of society, with self-performative action as a result. On the other hand there is a "radical group-forming" tendency that goes along with new communication technologies that has created an "architecture" of participation. Museums have responded to these new tendencies in society in a variety of ways. I will bring up some hermeneutical aspects to the "visitor business" and "learning" and point out the social and phenomenological origin of identity, thought and cognition. I will take a look at the identity of the "radical" individual on the one hand and of the institution on the other, and point out some unsolved museological and paradigmatic problems in the interaction between these two. Finally I will discuss the very much overlooked question how do institutions think, and work?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO), 2013
Series
ICOFOM Study Series/ISS, ISSN 2306-4161 ; 42
Keywords
museology, museum studies, exhibition theory, visitor studies, phenomenology, museologi, museum, besökarstudier, utställningsteori, fenomenologi
National Category
Other Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111916 (URN)978-92-9012-407-8 (ISBN)
Conference
ICOM International Committee for Museology, 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium, Rio de Janeiro 12-14 August, 2013
Projects
-
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Smeds, K. (2012). Holmöns Båtmuseum och tingens mening. Utställningsestetiskt Forum, 1
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Holmöns Båtmuseum och tingens mening
2012 (Swedish)In: Utställningsestetiskt Forum, ISSN 2000-6934, Vol. 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2012
Keywords
objects matter, meaning of things, small museums, tingens mening, utställning, museum, båtmuseum
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111919 (URN)
Projects
Små museer med idéer
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Smeds, K. (2012). On the Meaning of Exhibitions: Exhibition èpistèmes in a historical perspective. Designs for Learning, 5(1-2), 50-72
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the Meaning of Exhibitions: Exhibition èpistèmes in a historical perspective
2012 (English)In: Designs for Learning, ISSN 1654-7608, Vol. 5, no 1-2, p. 50-72Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay aims at contributing to our understanding of the nature of exhibitions, namely how and why we make them, and what they – and the things in them – might symbolize. My focus will be on exhibitions of objects in classical museums of cultural history, archaeology and ethnology/ethnography. I will discuss how scientific epistemologies and discourses, as well as the history of ideas and ideologies, are reflected in the way museums and exhibitions are organized. Theoretically, I will lean on ideas of Michel Foucault presented in his work The Order of Things (Foucault, 1991) and Power/Knowledge (Gordon 1980), but also on Mieke Bal’s Double Exposures (1996), and a few others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm/ Aalborg: , 2012
Keywords
Exhibitions, epistemologies, museum classification, Utställningar, epistemologi, museer, lärande
National Category
Other Humanities
Research subject
museology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111605 (URN)10.2478/dfl-2014-0004 (DOI)
Projects
The Museum, the Exhibition, the Visitor
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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