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Mediation as connection and objection Multiple, mediated modes of engagement with a museum exhibition. Presentation for DASTS 2011, Center for STS-studier, Århus Universitet , 09-10-06.2011 Conference theme : Inventing connections Session: Design Connections and Objections

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Mediation as connection and objectionMultiple, mediated modes of engagement with a museum exhibition

Presentation for DASTS 2011, Center for STS-studier, ÅrhusUniversitet, 09-10-06.2011

Conferencetheme: Inventingconnections

Session: Design Connections and Objections

Connie Svabo, PhD, Assistant Professor

Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS) Research Unit

& Centre for Experience Research (COF)

Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC)

Roskilde University (RUC)

mediation
Mediation
  • To associate; to communicatebetweentwo parties
  • Inspired by Serres and Latour: simultaneousestablishing of a connection and the distortionwhichtakesplace in the connection
  • Materials, technologies, objectsmediatespatialexperiences and modes of engagement
naturama
Naturama
  • Museum of naturalhistory
  • 65.000 annual visits
  • 50% of visitorsare under 18
  • Association of visitors and exhibition
method ethnographic fieldwork
Method: ethnographicfieldwork
  • 14 months, severallaterre-visits
  • Observation
    • 39 days, 21 days in exhibition, the rest in offices
    • written notes, audiorecordings, video recordings, use of spy-wearcameraglasses
  • Interviews
    • 26 on-sitevisitor interviews + staff interviews
  • Focusincreasinglyonchildren and youngsters
fellow visitors
Fellow visitors

Exhibition

visitor

exercisepamphlet

visitor

phonecamera

visitor

animalcostume

mediation as connection and objection
Mediationas connection and objection

- Portable technologieshelpvisitorsassociate to the exhibition, but/and they do this in enactments of specific versions of the exhibition and the visitor

  • Understanding relations betweenusers and builtspaceneeds to takeintoaccount hybrid users and the complexities of ’uselogic’ where action is heterogeneouslynegotiatedbetweenstaff, users, exhibition and othermediators
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