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Here Comes Everybody!: The Visitor Business in Museums in Light of Existential Philosophy
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (museologi)
2013 (English)In: 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium, Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO) , 2013, 226-240 p.Conference 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?

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Paris: International Committee for Museology of the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO) , 2013. 226-240 p.
, ICOFOM Study Series/ISS, ISSN 2306-4161 ; 42
Keyword [en]
museology, museum studies, exhibition theory, visitor studies, phenomenology
Keyword [sv]
museologi, museum, besökarstudier, utställningsteori, fenomenologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111916ISBN: 978-92-9012-407-8OAI: diva2:874120
ICOM International Committee for Museology, 35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium, Rio de Janeiro 12-14 August, 2013
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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