chapter  14
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Location and intervention: visual practice enabling a synchronic view of artefacts and sites

The museum site can be perceived as a permeable membrane where specific ethnographic or anthropological meanings communicated through display are exchanged with the personal experience and knowledge of the viewer. In addition, the significance of displayed objects shifts as their meaning interacts with contemporary events. This flow of meaning creates an interstitial territory between museum, artefact and audience, a connective space where new understandings may be fleeting or considered, but are often unrecorded. The two visual art exhibitions considered here, Hold (1995) and Thinking Path (2003), manifested this interstitial space through artworks that intervened in the curatorial norms of display and suggested a synchronic view of artefacts and site.1 The work responds to the museum as a catalyst and used visual methodologies to question the relationship between the museum site and the external world of the viewer.2