Mobile museology: An exploration of fashionable museums, mobilisation and trans-museal mediation
PhD dissertation. Submitted June 4th 2015 to the PhD school at University of Copenhagen. Succesfully defended September 18th 2015.
Augmenting the agora. Media and civic engagement in museums
published in Mediekultur, Journal of media and communication research, vol. 30, no 56, 2014
Mirroring digital culture developments in society at large, museums are increasingly incorporating social media platforms and formats into their communication practices. More than merely providing additional channels of communication, this development is invested with an understanding of social media as integral to the ongoing democra- tisation of the museum. The confluences of new media affordances with New Muse- ology objectives along with the underpinnings of the aforementioned understanding is discussed in this article. The article will argue that development in this area is not only driven by solid results and public demand but also by collective assumptions and associations as well as by a political need for institutions to justify their relevance in society. In conclusion, the article suggests that, while the integration of social media communication may serve to market the museum as inclusive, it may also simply pay lip service to genuine civic engagement and democratic exchanges with the public.
The article is available to download as PDF from http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/mediekultur/article/view/8964
Museum Metamorphosis à la Mode
published in Museological Review, issue 18, 2014
Museums are steadily changing. Yet analogising this development with biological or mythological metamorphosis could imply an elevation or naturalisation of events, which is potentially problematic. This paper therefore suggests a supplementary perspective, arguing that certain changes in modern day museum practices correspond to the logic of fashion. Where Foucault once described museums as heterochronias; places representing an ’other-time’, museums now strive to be both of their time and in time with the Zeitgeist. As a consequence, they must keep up with the speedy cycles of technological advancements and cultural change, and not only deliver, but also stoke the desire for, novel experiences. The paper explores the current vogue for fashion exhibitions as a case in point, arguing that this trend serves to promote the museum as fashionably current, but can also support novel formats for cultural reflection.
To read the full article, download the complete issue from: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/research-degrees/museological-review-1/museological-review
Webudstillingen kortlagt (Mapping the online exhibition)
Master thesis (unpublished). Danish with English summary.
IT University of Copenhagen,September 2009.