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18:00 - 20:30 4 May 2011
Voicing the museum artifact
Haldane Room |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Sarah Byrne, UCL
Debbie Challis, UCL
Emma Poulter, British Museum
David Toop, London College of Communication
This first session of the month long seminar series 'Voices in (and around) the Museum' will explore how the voice (with its emotion and syncopation) has the potential to draw out meaning and emphasise significance in radically different ways to other modes of interpretation. The collision and friction between orality and materiality provokes an innate epistemological tension in how material artefacts are studied and understood. This session will further consider how material objects can themselves generate specific kinds of vocal engagements that cannot be easily translated into text.
Case studies from archaeological, ethnographic and social history museum collections will highlight how vocal engagements are transforming the way researchers and curators interpret the material collections they study and curate. This transformation is generating new networks of knowledge, which in turn call for the application of new and alternative research methodologies and approaches.
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