Tools and Technologies for Critical Museology (2016)

This workshop represents the 3rd meeting of the Thinking through the Museum research team and their collaborators, exploring the potentials of new media technologies and tools to support the goals of a critical museology. These goals may be loosely defined as an approach to museum theory and practice that reflects on its own authority, collecting practices, and display styles, as well as one that works to “represent both hard truths and community understandings of their own histories” (Amy Lonetree). We sought to engage critically but also creatively with the burgeoning domains of “digital humanities,” new media technologies, and open-source ideology, in pursuit of answers to our project’s key questions. To this end, approximately 30 participants gathered on Saturday, September 17, 2016 to hear from four main speakers and discuss how digital tools and technology affect and are affected by museums.

Research Assistant Mab Coates-Davies reflects on the workshop:

“This workshop helped me to consider new things about museology, curating and history. I was struck by the imaginative ways that each participant approaches their topic, the challenges and importance of, as Dr. Lehrer put it, “technology getting information where it needs to go,” and the reflections on how new technologies are changing what it means to interact with museums – when we no longer necessarily have to be physically present to “visit” a museum, and how the museum engages with art/artists.”

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