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The Museum as a Cinematic SpaceThe Display of Moving Images in Exhibitions$
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Elisa Mandelli

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416795

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416795.001.0001

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From the Museum Experience to the Museum as an Experience

From the Museum Experience to the Museum as an Experience

(p.73) Chapter Five From the Museum Experience to the Museum as an Experience
The Museum as a Cinematic Space

Elisa Mandelli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses a major trend in contemporary museology: the delivering of “experiences” as the main aim of the exhibitions. It argues that today museums seek to affect visitors rather than to inform them. Their role is therefore no longer that of repositories of collections, but rather that of performative spaces with a strong narrative component. The chapter analyses the curatorial debate about the “experiential” museum, with particular attention to the role of audio-visuals in shaping this trend.

Keywords:   Experience, Experiential Museum, Audio-visuals, Performative Space

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