The reflexive museum - opening the door to behind the scenes

Schorch, Philipp 2009, The reflexive museum - opening the door to behind the scenes, in MA09 : Culture - Access - Innovation : making collections accessible to more people in new ways, Museums Aotearoa, [Gisborne, New Zealand], pp. 1-7.

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Title The reflexive museum - opening the door to behind the scenes
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Conference name Museums Aotearoa Annual Conference (2009 : Gisborne, New Zealand)
Conference location Gisborne, New Zealand
Conference dates 15-17 April 2009
Title of proceedings MA09 : Culture - Access - Innovation : making collections accessible to more people in new ways
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Museums Aotearoa Annual Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Museums Aotearoa
Place of publication [Gisborne, New Zealand]
Keyword(s) processes
reflexive museum
Summary In this paper I argue for a shift in conceptualising exhibitions: from products to be presented to processes to be revealed. I will explore how museum theory and praxis are inextricably intertwined and can be brought into fruitful dialogue within an exhibition setting. By revealing the processes leading to the definition of categories and the interpretation of identities, and by giving faces to decisions made, the ‘reflexive museum’ can become an embodiment of democracy, which does not silence controversies but gives diversity public voices. First, I sketch out recent academic musings on museological approaches. Then I present some examples of exhibitions in Germany in which these theories have been put into praxis. I conclude by arguing for a symbiotic relationship of museum theory and praxis enabling the museum to realise its unique potential as a dynamic ‘playground’ between academia and the public.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Related work DU:30048314
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048374

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Arts & Education - minor publications
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