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2015/1 Abstracts

From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 6–24

Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl *

Title: Ball dress and underwear. On the private in the knowledge project of the

Abstract: The point of departure in this article is a ”private” photo collection from
1956, found in the archives of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo.
In this collection the married couple Thor Bentz Kielland and Edle Due Kielland,
the director at the museum and the head of the textile department, document their
own wardrobes through photographs and registration cards. The article explores
the hybrid character of this material. The focus is on the relation to the museum’s
knowledge practices and fashionable clothes as a field of knowledge. In addition
it explores the relationships between the expert and the object of knowledge, and
the relations between wardrobes and archives. The article also suggests how the
ambiguous and multifaceted material may be activated in future research.

Keywords: Private collections, photographs, archives, fashionable clothes,
wardrobes, knowledge production, expertise.

* Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl, ph.d., museologi

Adresse: Fagerlia 41, NO-3011 Drammen, Norge

E-mail: as.hejmdahl@gmail.com

From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 25–39

Hedvig Mårdh *

Title: Re-entering the house, Scenographic and artistic interventions and interactions in the
historic house museum

Abstract: Scenographic and artistic interventions and interactions have gained
in significance within the fields of exhibition and museum design since the
1990s. This article specifically focuses on historic house museums, and how they
use their theatrical and scenographic assets in order to recharge and reinvent
themselves. The author discusses the different aims and tasks these interventions
and interactions take on, and the attitudes that make them happen. Further,
the author argues that the field of art history should address these changes in
museological practice, and should investigate new possible readings of the historic
house, the objects within, and artistic interventions. This would also show the
relevance of art history to the field of critical heritage studies in a period that is
characterized by the heritage boom and the new experience industry.

Key words: Historic house museum, art history, authenticity, museology,
materiality, scenography, contemporary art, Dennis Severs’ House, Kensington
Palace, Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum.

* Hedvig Mårdh, MA International Museum
Studies, Ph.D. candidate Art History

Address: Department of Art History, Uppsala University, Box 630
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden

E-mail: hedvig.mardh@konstvet.uu.se

From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 40–55

Pernille Henriette Wiil *

Title: Atmosphere in the museum – how to grasp a mood

Abstract: Atmospheres are strange – evasive and yet profound. Bound to space,
they can affect our very being by colouring our perception and influencing our
moods. In this article I will demonstrate how an awareness of the atmospheres in
the house museum of the architect Marius Pedersen can provide a comprehension
of the ambiguity in Bedre Byggeskik’s architectural project – an ambiguity that has
proven difficult to grasp otherwise. Through an exploration of the two dominant
spaces (the front garden and the entrance room), I will focus on the potentials
of the atmospheres as ways of recognizing the actual house as the object of the
house-museum. Because of their uncertain status of being ”in-between” (as inbetween
subject–object, consciousness–unconsciousness, material–immaterial), the
atmospheres offer a kind of evocative communication that exceeds the deliverance
of ”facts”. The experiencing of atmospheres often evokes past experiences of
similar atmospheres that affect the moods of the house museum’s guests. These
moods can be considered existential given that they simultaneously contain the
past, the present and the possible future in a privileged space in-between reflection
and emotion.

Key words: Atmosphere, Bakkekammen 45, Bedre Byggeskik, bodily presence,
ecstasies, house museums, moods, poetic representation.

*Pernille Henriette Wiil, arkitekt, cand. pæd. i didaktik, ph.d.-studerende i et samarbejde mellem Museum Vestsjælland og Roskilde Universitet

Adresse: Roskilde Universitet, Institut for miljø, samfund og rumlig forandring
(ENSPAC), Universitetsvej 1, Bygning 02, DK-4000 Roskilde, Danmark


From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 56–72

Christian Sørhaug *

Title: The radical biography of things. Ethnographica analysed through
working groups

Abstract: This paper explores the possibility of radicalizing the biography of
things by analysing ethnographic items through a working group. The literature
concerning the life of things and their biography concerns itself with how humans
imbue things with meaning. Things themselves become portrayed as relatively
passive, silent and inactive. An alternative is to explore how things (ethnographic
items) enact the social situation of which they are a part. The assumption is that
things are not enclosed passive entities. Rather, they effect change. A working
group analysis investigates how humans and nonhumans become with each other.
As these entanglements unfold, new members in the assemblage cause change
in the composition of the working group. This effectuates the very dynamics of
the assemblage. I explore the changes that ethnographic items undergo as they
participate in craft practices, trade practices and museum practices.

Key words: Ethnographica, working group, actor-network-theory, exhibition,

* Christian Sørhaug, ph.d., forsker

Adresse: Telemarksforsking, Postboks 4, NO-3833 Bø i Telemark, Norge

E-mail: sorhaug@tmforsk.no

From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 73–90

Martin Brandt Djupdræt * Christian Rasmussen * Lisbeth Skjernov * Anne Krøyer Sørensen *

Title: Instagram as a documentation and collecting method. Experiments with
user-generated photo documentation

Abstract: Instagram is a worldwide photo-sharing app for smartphones. Every
day, users share more than 70 million photos and videos. Based on existing
research on Instagram and other social media, this article describes and compares
two specific projects implemented in the museum Den Gamle By (The Old Town)
in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013 and 2014, in which the museum has used Instagram
as a tool for contemporary documentation.

Keywords: Instagram, contemporary documentation, social media, photo
documentation, collecting methods.

* Anne Krøyer Sørensen, projektmedarbejder, cand. mag.
E-mail: aks@dengamleby.dk

* Christian Rasmussen, projektmedarbejder, cand. mag.
E-mail: chi@dengamleby.dk

* Lisbeth Skjernov, museumsinspektør, cand. mag.
E-mail: lsk@dengamleby.dk

* Martin Brandt Djupdræt, overinspektør, cand. mag.
E-mail: mbd@dengamleby.dk

Adresse: Den Gamle By, Viborgvej 2, DK-8000 Aarhus, Danmark


From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 91–111

Anna Karina Kjeldsen * Matilde Nisbeth Jensen *

Title: When words of wisdom are not wise.
A study of accessibility in museum exhibition texts

Abstract: This article presents a study of the linguistic accessibility of Danish
museum exhibition texts. The point of departure is the well-established paradigm
shift in the international museum field proclaiming that today’s museums should
strive to give physical and intellectual access to all visitors regardless of their social,
cultural and intellectual backgrounds. The study explores to what extent Danish
museums provide broad linguistic accessibility in their exhibition texts through
the analysis of 33 texts from ten Danish museums. The results show that in
relation to some elements (e.g. text length, use of paragraphs and straightforward
writing style), the museums write in an accessible manner. However, several other
elements (e.g. excessive use of jargon, officialese and compounds and unnecessary
use of passive voice) are of great detriment to the overall accessibility of these texts.
The article concludes with a range of operative recommendations for museum
professionals who wish to write accessible texts.

Keywords: Museum, exhibition text, label, museum communication, accessibility,
comprehensibility, readability, learning, visitor.

* Anna Karina Kjeldsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

E-mail: annakk@bcom.au.dk

Adresse: Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences
Department of Business Communication, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4,
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


* Matilde Nisbeth Jensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

E-mail: matnj@bcom.au.dk

Adresse: Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences
Department of Business Communication, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


From Nordisk Museologi 2015 • 1, s. 112–127

Ingrid Vatne *

Title: Dramatized museum mediation and the meaning making process

Abstract: Audience participation is playing an important role in museum
mediation at living history museums around the world. The aspect of participation
is challenging the traditional concept of meaning making, and I will demonstrate
the need for new conceptual tools for dealing with the meaning making issue in a
way that enhances participation as a method for meaning making in living history
museums. Building on the theoretical framework of enunciation theory and the
method of participative observation back in 2008–11, when I was researching
mediation in the open-air museum Den Gamle By in Aarhus, Denmark, it is
my ambition to contribute to the development of the conceptual tools for dealing
with the issue of audience participation in a way that emphasizes new goals for

Key words: Dramatized mediation, living history, audience participation,
identity of participation, authenticity.

* Ingrid Vatne, ph.d, museumsinspektør

E-mail: iv@museumvestfyn.dk

Adresse:Museum Vestfyn, Østergade 57 A, DK-5610 Assens, Denmark


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