Musical landscapes of Lihir: exploring performance and place in a museum exhibition

Gillespie, Kirsty (2016) Musical landscapes of Lihir: exploring performance and place in a museum exhibition. Perfect Beat, 17 (1). pp. 9-24.

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The exhibition, ‘Musical Landscapes of Lihir’, curated in collaboration with the Lihir Cultural Heritage Association, presented artefacts of performance culture from the Lihir Islands in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. An example of ecomusicological research, the exhibition ran from March 1 through to August 4, 2013 at The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, Brisbane, Australia. The exhibition brought together contemporary Lihir items related to performance (many of which were made especially for the exhibition), an international loan of Lihir artefacts from The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA, and multimedia items including film and sound recordings that set the audio and visual scene. The aims of the exhibition were multiple: to showcase Lihir culture to the outside world, to illustrate the range of performance practices in Lihir, and to interrogate the relationship of these practices to the Lihir landscape. This chapter gives the curatorial perspective on how this nexus between performance and the Lihir environment was addressed, and examines some of the curatorial decisions, relationships built, and challenges surrounding the display of Lihir performance culture in the museum context.

Item ID: 47867
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-0343
Keywords: ethnomusicology; exhibitions; New Ireland; Papua New Guinea
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 04:54
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 60%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360306 Musicology and ethnomusicology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage @ 100%
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