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Sit with Me

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Areti Galani, Professor Abi DurrantORCiD, David Chatting


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The purpose of the installation is to explore the potential for in-gallery dialogic encounters around the sensitive topic of migration, presented in the Destination Tyneside gallery (Discovery Museum). The installation proposes the use of archival records and photographs, related to migration in the UK, and responsive mirror, screen and sensor-based technology to surprise and challenge visitors’ own assumptions around historic and contemporary migration in the region. Through the use of ‘calm technology’ it particularly aims to create a reflective space that respects the complexity of multiple narratives around the experience of migration by drawing connections (both historical and contemporary) and by encouraging people to “see something different in the familiar” (Tchen and Ševčenko 2011: 90). In this respect the installation seeks to combine content and interaction that support ambiguity, surprise and curiosity, as a means for shaping museum visitors’ encounters with ‘otherness’.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Galani A, Durrant A, Chatting D

Publication type: Artefact

Publication status: Published

Year: 2016

Venue: Discovery Museum

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Type of Work: Interactive digital installation