That was Narrative Space that was

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 23, 2010 12:13 PM |
Successful conference in Museum Studies, despite some unavoidable no-shows.

Narrative Space, the three-day multidisciplinary conference organised by our School of Museum Studies, has now come to an end. Despite the ash-induced unavailability of some speakers – including star turn Peter Greenaway – the conference ran smoothly through a little adroit reshuffling, some willing stand-ins and efficient use of Adobe Presenter.

Jenny at The Attic blog has been dutifully recording her thoughts on the presentations, even when helping with tech support. There are several blog posts for each day and, while there’s a lot of quite deep theoretical stuff, it’s all tremendously readable and conveys the passion and enthusiasm of the event.

Here are a couple of particularly good bits...

On Rachel Morris’ presentation ‘Imaginary Museums: What Mainstream Museums Can Learn From Them':

There is an innate sadness in museums, related to their transience, the fact that their subject is time. Their existence in the physical and the imaginary world makes them powerful metaphors, which writers and artists play with. Visitors too, understand this. They come to museums for many reasons, but those which are beyond the educative are often less comfortably engaged with by museums. In the spiritual and emotional realms, museums can learn a lot from fiction and poetry.”

And on Ross Parry’s presentation 'Live Narratives: sharing authorship on line and on site':

The internet provided a web of distributed users outside the museum. The museum began to visit the users. This challenged the notion of the visitor event and questioned where narrative took place. When we first began to build museum websites, they were analaogous to the buildings. But now we are beginning to build sites which are far more web-specific. The hyper-link has changed our notion of narrative, opening myriad possibilities for the reader.”

Great stuff!