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 case studies of projects 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. Theoretically, the volume analyses the emergence of exhibitions as research as 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 with an interest in current trends in exhibition-making.

chapter |16 pages


Exhibitions as research
ByPeter Bjerregaard

part Part I|2 pages

Cross-disciplinary collaboration

chapter 1|21 pages

Sketches for a methodology on exhibition research 1

ByHenrik Treimo

chapter 2|13 pages

Joining transdisciplinary forces to revive the past

Establishing a Viking Garden at the Natural History Museum, Oslo
ByAnneleen Kool, Axel Dalberg Poulsen

chapter 3|12 pages

Ethnography, exhibition practices and undisciplined encounters

The generative work of amulets in London
ByNathalia Brichet, Frida Hastrup

part Part II|2 pages

Sensing knowledge

chapter 4|13 pages

Exhibitions as philosophical carpentry

On object-oriented exhibition-making
ByAdam Bencard

chapter 5|15 pages

Museum objects in the marketplace

ByKari K. Aarrestad

chapter 6|14 pages

EXHIBITION-MAKING as aesthetic Inquiry

ByPeter Bjerregaard

chapter 7|19 pages


Sensory engagements and museum experiments
ByElizabeth Hallam

part Part III|2 pages

Collaborating with audiences

chapter 8|17 pages

Exhibitions, engagement and provocation

From Future Animals to Guerilla Archaeology
ByJacqui Mulville

chapter 9|16 pages

Developing and promoting research in a museum thirdspace

Breaking barriers where people walk
ByEllen T. Bøe, Hege I. Hollund, Grete Lillehammer, Bente Ruud, Paula U. Sandvik

chapter 10|17 pages

Visitor dialogue and participation as knowledge generating practices in exhibition work

What can museum experts learn from it?
ByGuro Jørgensen

chapter 11|14 pages

How the exhibition became co-produced

Attunement and participatory ontologies for museums
ByHelen Graham