Per our presentation in class this past Thursday, the following is a list of questions to spark further discussion:
- Should institutions place their entire collections online and make the experience digital? How would that entice visitors to attend the institution and have a multileveled experience?
- Are visitors capable of ‘self-directed learning” with little to no direction? How does a museum know the visitor’s learning starter point?
- What is the balance between individual agency and curatorial authority? Is it possible for visitors and curators to truly co-author/co-create?
- Is a museum truly able to offer a personalized, adaptive experience? Why is democratization of remediation desirable/undesirable?
- Is a cultural product inherently meaningful due to that interaction with and creation by the visitor?
- Is communication between museums and visitors essential?
- Susan Hazan’s article “A Crisis of Authority: New Lamps For Old” states that a common criticism museums receive as they shift to more technologically based exhibits is a privileging of “information over the object.” Is this a fair criticism? Do museums have a responsibility to privilege one over the other? Is it possible for new media to work in tandem with tangible objects without usurping them?