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Why Analyse Museum Display?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Whitehead


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This essay is one of a series of linked Work-in-Progress papers relating to different approaches and frameworks that aim to understand and analyze museum display as a form of representation. Museum displays come in many forms and individually they tend to include a variety of different communication technologies and techniques to construct visitor experiences. Although sometimes displays can be haphazard, in their organization, the majority are sophisticated forms of representation and communication that aim to present particular narratives or organizations of knowledge, or to create sensory environments and affective spaces that invite or impel visitors to respond in a certain way. Technical factors such as lighting, the spacing of objects or the colour of the walls can subtly but powerfully produce meanings, and there is a tradition of analysis – to be reviewed in the essays that follow this one – that seeks to pick apart how signification works through display.

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Author(s): Whitehead C

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: CoHERE Critical Archive

Year: 2016

Acceptance date: 21/09/2016


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