Exhibition Experiments

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Exhibition Experiments is a lively collection that considers experiments with museological form that challenge our understanding of - and experience with - museums.

  • Explores examples of museum experimentalism in light of cutting-edge museum theory
  • Draws on a range of global and topical examples, including museum experimentation, exhibitionary forms, the fate of conventional notions of ‘object’ and ‘representation’, and the impact of these changes
  • Brings together an international group of art historians, anthropologists, and sociologists to question traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Considers the impact of technology on the museum space
    tackles a range of examples of experimentalism from many different countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Sweden, the UK and the US
  • Examines the changes and challenging new possibilities facing museum studies
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About the author

Sharon Macdonald is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is author of Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum (2002), and editor of A Companion to Museum Studies (Blackwell 2006) and Theorizing Museums (with G. Fyfe, Blackwell 1996).

Paul Basu is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. An active exhibition experimenter, he is author of Highland Homecomings (2007).

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Apr 30, 2008
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780470695364
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Language
English
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Art / General
Business & Economics / Museum Administration & Museology
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Sharon Macdonald
Sharon Macdonald
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