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2014/2 Abstracts

From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 4-20

Mille Gabriel *

Title: The past, the future and the ethnographic museum. Contemporary collection, knowledge sharing and co-curation.

Abstract: In recognition of altered global relations since colonial times, The Ethnographic Collections at the National Museum of Denmark has identified a need to redefine its role in society. The Ethnographic Collections explores new ways of activating old collections - ways which include contemporary collecting co-curation and dialogue with the communities from where the collections derive. Through three recent projects, this paper revolves around questions such as: How can we make associations between the old collections and contemporary society? How do we prioritize when collecting the contemporary? And how do we ensure that community involvement not only challenges the authority of museums, but also informs museological practices in new and constructive ways?

Keywords: Ethnography, representation, contextualization, partnerships, contemporary collecting, knowledge sharing, co-curation.

* Mille Gabriel, ph.d., museumsinspektør

Adresse: Etnografisk Samling, Nyere Tid & Verdens Kulturer, Nationalmuseet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, DK-1220 København, Danmark

E-mail: mille.gabriel@natmus.dk


From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 21-36

Maja Rudloff *

Title: The digitization of the concept of museum communication in Denmark. Discursive implications and practical consequences.

Abstract: This article investigates the development of the concept of museum communication in a Danish cultural political context from 2006 until 2013 and the practical consequences a changed interpretation of the concept has for the Danish state-owned and state-supported museums. The main argument is that the concept of cultural communication, specifically concerning museums, has undergone a transformation towards having a digital content of meaning in recent years. And furthermore: that the meaning ascribed to the concept has practical impact. The increased attention paid to communication, particularly digital communication, in the tasks of the museums, is redistributing the museums resources, foci and priorities. This call for a more thorough discussion of what museums must and can be in the future - and not least for whom.

Key words: Cultural politics, museums, digital communication, digitization, users.

* Maja Rudloff, adjunkt, ph.d.

Address: Institut for Kommunikation, Virksomhed og Informationsteknologier, Roskilde Universitet, Uhiversitetsvej 1, DK-4000 Roskilde, Danmark

E-mail: mrudloff@ruc.dk

From Nordisk Museologi 2014/1, Abstract pp. 37-53

Kirsten Egholk * & Susanne Krogh Jensen *

Title: A multi-ethnic, social housing area at the museum. Experiences from a research project.

Abstract: Museums of today face the challenge of exploring and dealing with new topics such as immigration, integration and social differences. This paper argues that these new topics bring forth a new, postmodern paradigm for the museum as a contemporary institution. Exploiting concrete examples from a research project on the social development in a multi-ethnic social housing area in Greve, south of Copenhagen, the paper identifies and discusses three characteristics of the postmodern museum project: a pluralistic approach to contemporary topics, the inclusion of new user groups in constructing both the field of research and the field of communication, and the need to be aware of the context of each statement, whether material or verbal.

Key words: Museum roles, social inclusion, user groups, museology, ethnicity, integration, immigration, multi-ethnic social housing area.

*Kirsten Egholk, cand. mag. i etnologi og master i museologi, museumsinspektør

Adresse: Greve Museum, Bækgårdsvej 9, DK-2670 Greve, Danmark

E-mail: kie@greve.dk


*Susanne Krogh Jensen, cand. mag. i historie, museumsinspektør

Adresse: Immigrantmuseet, Stavnsholtvej 3, DK-3520 Farum, Danmark

E-mail: skje@furesoe.dk


From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 54-71

Kirsten Linde *

Title: Object photography in contemporary documentation in the Akershus-Museum. Reflections about practice and the development of the field.

Abstract: What is an object photograph? What purpose does it serve in the museum? Which photo genre does it belong to, and what function does it have in the archives in the museum? Many critical essays have been written about archives and scientific objectivity The article seeks to find out how practice has formed conventions about how to do object photography in the museum and to challenge these conventions. This is done by showing examples of contextual series of object photography made in contemporary documentation projects at the Akershus Museum.

Key words: Object photography, contemporary documentation, practice, archive, context.

* Kirsten Linde, cand.phil.hist., konservator

Adresse:Akershusmuseet, Postboks 168, Strømsveien 74, NO-2011 Strømmen, Norge

E-mail: kirsten.linde@akershusmuseet.no

From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 72-89

Anders Chr. Hansen *, Connie Svabo *, Lerke Arentoft Johansen * & Katrine Bergkvist Hansen *

Title: Putting pollution in the museum.The work of museums on environmental
issues in Denmark and neighbouring countries.

Abstract: Public understanding of environmental issues is critical for the active
positions we need to take as individuals and societies for transforming unsustainable
to green economic activities. Museums have the potential to contribute significantly
to this by communicating scientific knowledge on environmental issues. The study
examines the scale and character of environmental exhibitions and collections in
Denmark and surrounding countries. The study finds that the scale far from exhausts
the potential. Exhibitions predominantly focus on natural science dimensions with
limited coverage of the social science aspects of environmental problems and their
solutions. Interdisciplinary museum activities including social science aspects on
institutions and values are recommended. Moreover, it is argued that the emotions
and the scientific and political controversies involved in environmental issues
should not be seen as obstacles to museum engagement in the environmental field,
but rather as important ingredients in creating valuable museum experiences.

Keywords: Environment, pollution, climate, experience, exhibition, collection,

* Anders Christian Hansen, ph.d., lektor
E-mail: anders@ruc.dk (kontaktforfatter)

Adresse: Roskilde Universitet, Hus 02, Universitetsvej 1, DK-4000 Roskilde, Danmark

* Connie Svabo, ph.d., lektor
E-mail: csvabo@ruc.dk

* Katrine Bergkvist Hansen, cand.scient., forskningsassistent

E-mail: info@goexpnature.dk

* Lerke Arentoft Johansen, cand.scient., forskningsassistent

E-mail: info@goexpnature.dk

From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 90-107

Søren Kjørup *

Title: A spear through the myths? On telling by way of architecture and
exhibition design about the Nazi party rallies in Nuremberg.

Abstract: “A ‘spear’ of glass and steel bores through the voluminous brick-walls and
breaks the axiality” – this is the drastic description by the Austrian deconstructivist
architect Günther Domenig of the main element of his eminent transformation
of an unfinished Nazi congress hall to house a documentation centre and an
exhibition about the huge Nazi party rallies in Nuremberg through the 1930s. The
very exhibition, however – Faszination und Gewalt, which opened in 2001 – does
not manage to fulfil its declared aim: “To throw a critical light onto the showcase
of ‘The Third Reich’.” Why not? Maybe because the curators were so anxious that
visitors might get seduced by seeing Nazi propaganda that they foregrounded the
horrors that followed after the rallies (the Holocaust and the world war) instead
of showing their downside while they were going on. And maybe because they were
unable to free themselves from the image of the 1934 rally in Leni Riefenstahl’s
propaganda “documentary” Triumph des Willens.

Keywords: Museum architecture, Nazi party rallies, Nuremberg, Dokumentationszentrum
Reichsparteitagsgelände, Günther Domenig, Leni Riefenstahl.

* Søren Kjørup, professor

E-mail: sk@ruc.dk

Adresse: Dronningens Tværgade 58, DK-1302 København K, Danmark

From Nordisk Museologi 2014/2, Abstract pp. 108-117

Kamilla Hjortkjær*

Title: Let us save the sound. Collection and documentation of sounds at
museums of cultural history.

Abstract: Part of our cultural heritage is the sound that surrounds us. Sound
as a generator of memories will most often be tied to particular places, events
and periods, and has significant potential in terms of being able to strengthen
our memories and cultural-historical insights. Sound should therefore be seen as
part of the intangible cultural heritage. This article points out that museums and
archives should form an underlying foundation of knowledge about sound and
audio culture, and thereby also a basis for how such a collection can be undertaken
in practice. The article focuses on how museums can proceed with the gathering
of contemporary soundscapes, and therefore also clarifies the manner in which
the selection and gathering of relevant cultural-historical audio landscapes can
be carried out, by museums which

Key words: Collection, soundscape, intangible heritage, audio culture, sound.

* Kamilla Hjortkjær, museumsinspektør på Greve Museum, cand. mag. i musikvidenskab og film- og medievidenskab

E-mail: kmi@greve.dk

Adresse: Greve Museum, Bækgårdsvej 9, DK-2670 Greve, Danmark


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