Virion : new media and the development of the discursive museum

Parsons, Rachael Nerrada (2010) Virion : new media and the development of the discursive museum. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The historical rhetoric established with the very first public art museums declared that the purpose of such institutions was to provide a space where art could be accessible to all citizens. However contrary to this aim, studies show that art museums are one of the least accessed cultural institutions in the western world. The prevailing consensus for this can be attributed to the perception that museums are elitist, irrelevant and restricted to a small and privileged group. The focus of this research project is to address the issues that lead to these perceptions, and to identify possible curatorial strategies to encourage greater access to, and participation in the visual arts. This will be done through designing and curating an open submission exhibition that utilises new media technologies to increase access and dialogue between artists and audiences. This is part of a hybrid practice-based methodology that also includes scholarly research to critically investigate a number of historical and contemporary theories concerned with public museums and approaches to curatorial practice. This research will culminate in the development of Virion, an Internet based exhibition that aims to develop a curatorial model that facilitates open and democratic participation in arts practice from a diverse public audience.

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ID Code: 44089
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Webb, Mark & Pedersen, Courtney
Keywords: discursive museum, art museums, visual arts, artists
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2011 06:43
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2011 06:43

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