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Art in Science Museums
Towards a Post-Disciplinary Approach

ISBN 9781138589520
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
288 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.