design, museum exhibitions, information
Museum exhibitions are conventionally understood to be educational, meaning that they convey information to visitors. The content of this information is understood to include visual, auditory, and written media, as well as content from tactile, spatial, and social encounters. This article asserts that visitors also gain knowledge through bodily kinesthetic experiences while in the exhibition setting. Emerging research in other areas has revealed connections between physical posture and cognitive issues, such as emotion and attitude, but this has not yet been applied to museum practice. This article suggests that exhibition planning could exploit bodily experience more explicitly as a form of information; and that body-aware practices like sports, dance, and yoga offer intellectual content suitable for exploration in a museum setting.
Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Department of Material Art and Design
Curator: The Museum Journal
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Original Publication Citation
Overhill, H. (2015). Design as choreography: Information in action. Curator: The Museum Journal, 58(1), 5-15. doi:10.1111/cura.12094.
Overhill, Heidi, "Design as Choreography: Information in Action" (2015). Faculty Publications and Scholarship. 8.