Ethnography and exhibition design: insights from the Moesgaard inaugural

Otto, Ton, Deger, Jennifer, and Marcus, George E. (2021) Ethnography and exhibition design: insights from the Moesgaard inaugural. Design Studies, 74. 100989.

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This article both claims and problematizes the ethnographic museum as a site of cross-cultural aesthetic engagement, cultural critique, and co-creative potential, through the prism of the evolving field of design anthropology. Rather than presuming that collaboration, consultation and community participation solve the critiques of appropriation that ethnographic museums have had to negotiate in recent decades, the article draws attention to the ‘ragged edges’ that such projects produce in their efforts to ‘transduce’ cultural meaning and affect. Instead of smoothing over residual frustrations, tensions, and misunderstandings, the authors argue that ragged edges can be conceptually generative from a design anthropological perspective.

Item ID: 66808
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-6909
Keywords: Exhibition design; Ethnography; Design anthropology; Collaborative design; Ethics
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Aarhus University (AU) Research Foundation
Projects and Grants: ARC grant FT110100587, AU grant AUFF-F-2015-FLS-6-6
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 00:19
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 80%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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