Exhibitions as philosophical carpentry: On object-oriented exhibition-making

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This chapter explores the notion of seeing exhibitions as philosophical laboratories, sites for thinking about things. It suggests that alongside the normal ‘content-driven’ research done in museums – whether that might be the history of Viking travels, 19th century developments in surgery and so on – museums are also uniquely suited for philosophical inquiry into the nature of ‘thingness’ itself, to the status and effects of the objects and the wider material world that we are a subset of. Essentially, that museums can make exhibitions which not only put things on display, but also explore ‘thingness’, the philosophical qualities of the material world. It does so through a reading of the object-oriented philosophy presented by philosopher and media theorist Ian Bogost in the book Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to be a Thing (2012). The chapter thus contributes to the nexus between exhibitions and research by suggesting that exhibition making might be sites to experiment...

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExhibitions as Research : Experimental Methods in Museums
EditorsPeter Bjerregaard
Number of pages13
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781138646063
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Cellular Automaton, Alien Phenomenology, Ancient DNA Study, Participatory Action Research Literature, Deep Space, Science Communication Models, Experimental Design Practices, Ancient DNA, View Science Communication, Public Engagement, Common Language, Correlational Position, Correlationist Circle, Van Der Tuin, Black Noise, Mri Scan, Wellcome Collection, Carnival Barker, Actual Physical Construction

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