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Visual essay

Authored by: Kirsten Drotner , Vince Dziekan , Ross Parry , Kim Christian Schrøder

The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138676305
eBook ISBN: 9781315560168
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315560168-20

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Abstract

This visual essay explores the interactional aspect of art and its contemporary infrastructures: the museum (as a cultural construct), media (that give it shape and form), and communication (which inflects meaning and value). Recognising that acts of seeing establish our place in the surrounding world, these photographs notice the discursive practices of museum communication as delicately poised encounters that “unsettle” what we see from what we know or understand. Encountered through the 57th instalment of the Venice Biennale 2017, the curation of these images indicate—if not more directly expose—how exhibition environments connect bodies and realities (real, imagined, designed) through instigating a dialogue between time and space. A short prefatory essay titled Incident(al) Readings accompanies the photographic series.

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