1st Edition

Art in Science Museums Towards a Post-Disciplinary Approach

Edited By Camilla Rossi-Linnemann, Giulia de Martini Copyright 2020
    288 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art in Science Museums brings together perspectives from different practitioners to reflect on the status and meaning of art programmes in science centres and museums around the world.

    Presenting a balanced mix of theoretical perspectives, practitioners’ reflections, and case-studies, this volume gives voice to a wide range of professionals, from traditional science centres and museums, and from institutions born with the very aim of merging art and science practices. Considering the role of art in the field of science engagement, the book questions whether the arts might help curators to convey complex messages, foster a more open and personal approach to scientific issues, become tools of inclusion, and allow for the production of totally new cultural products. The book also includes a rich collection of projects from all over the world, synthetically presenting cases that reveal very different approaches to the inclusion of art in science programmes.

    Art in Science Museums should be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students working in the fields of museum studies, cultural heritage management, material culture, science communication and contemporary art. It should also be essential reading for museum professionals looking to promote more reflective social science engagement in their institutions.

    Introduction: the post-disciplinary museum

    Camilla Rossi-Linnemann and Giulia de Martini

    1. Premise
    2. 1.1 How art contributed to the public image of science

      Pietro Greco

      1.2 Making meaning with Art, Science and Technology

      John Durant

    3. Art as a narrative tool: seeing the unseen
    4. 2.1 A house of collaboration: investigating the intersections of art and biomedicine

      Ken Arnold, Adam Bencard, Bente Vinge Pedersen, Thomas Söderqvist, Karin Tybjerg and Louise Whiteley

      2.2 Sophia’s Whale and the Hypercubic Showcase of Sudden Comprehension

      Nuno Ferrand de Almeida, Nuno Valentim, Luís Mendonça, Rui Mendonça and Maria João Fonseca

      2.3 In the Spirit of Enquiry…

      James Peto

      2.4 Context, collaboration and contemporary culture

      Hannah Redler Hawes

      2.5 Case studies

    5. Art for science education and enquiry: patterns of thinking
    6. 3.1 The Exploratorium: Art as Inquiry

      Marina McDougall

      3.2 Art Thinking

      Christopher Lindinger and Maria Pfeifer

      3.3 Art as ingredient for meaningful science learning

      Samar D. Kirresh

      3.4 Answering the unasked questions

      Ian Brunswick and Andrea Bandelli

      3.5 Case studies

    7. Art, inclusion, controversy and imagination: from facts to values
    8. 4.1 Criticality, Imagination and Interaction: A new basis for Art Science Curation

      Mike Stubbs and Mark Wright

      4.2 Shifting meaning, shifting contracts – Biological arts and evolving museum ethics

      Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr

      4.3 Decolonising natural history museums through contemporary art

      Bergit Arends

      4.4 Case studies

    9. (Open) Conclusions - The Post Disciplinary Museum

    Camilla Rossi-Linnemann and Giulia de Martini


    Camilla Rossi-Linnemann is currently International Partnership Coordinator at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, where she focuses on international projects and collaborations for visitor engagement and cultural diplomacy, especially based on the interrelation between science, technology and art.

    Giulia de Martini is currently Head of Research at TheFabLab, a digital manufacturing laboratory, where she studies the impact of innovation in society and spreads awareness about the technological and human competences involved in the fourth industrial revolution, focusing on the connections between different fields of knowledge.