Experimental Museology scrutinizes innovative endeavours to transform museum interactions with the world. Analysing cutting-edge cases from around the globe, the volume demonstrates how museums can design, apply and assess new modes of audience engagement and participation.

Written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and research-led professionals, the book argues that museum transformations must be focused on conceptualizing and documenting the everyday challenges and choices facing museums, especially in relation to wider social, political and economic ramifications. In order to illuminate the complexity of these challenges, the volume is structured into three related key dimensions of museum practice - namely institutions, representations and users. Each chapter is based on a curatorial design proposed and performed in collaboration between university-based academics and a museum. Taken together, the chapters provide insights into a diversity of geographical contexts, fields and museums, thus building a comprehensive and reflexive repository of design practices and formative experiments that can help strengthen future museum research and design.

Experimental Museology will be of great value to academics and students in the fields of museum, gallery and heritage studies, as well as architecture, design, communication and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to museum professionals and anyone else who is interested in learning more about experimentation and design as resources in museums.

“The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license."

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Introduction: for an experimental museology

ByMichael Haldrup, Marianne Achiam, Kirsten Drotner
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part Part I|68 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Experimental museology: immersive visualisation and cultural (big) data

BySarah Kenderdine
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chapter 3|17 pages

Reflecting on experimental museology at the Museum of Memory of Colombia

ByJennifer Carter, Cristina Lleras
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chapter 4|14 pages

Across the doorway: developing post-critical museology from a closed university museum

ByErika Grasso, Gianluigi Mangiapane
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part Part II|66 pages


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chapter 7|16 pages

Museological organisations in Brazil: between doors and grids

ByWescley Xavier, Diana Castro, Vanessa Brulon
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part Part III|59 pages


chapter 9|18 pages

Exhibitions as a collaborative research space for university-museum partnerships

ByPalmyre Pierroux, Birgitte Sauge, Rolf Steier
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chapter 10|17 pages

Transforming astrophysics in a planetarium: ‘we are part of the universe, the universe is part of us’

ByLine Bruun Nicolaisen, Marianne Achiam, Tina Ibsen
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chapter 12|7 pages

Implications and perspectives for experimental museology

ByKirsten Drotner, Michael Haldrup, Marianne Achiam
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