1st Edition

Museums as Assemblage Analysing dynamic museum practice

By Jasmin Pfefferkorn Copyright 2024
    126 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Museums as Assemblage offers a new way of thinking about the dynamism of art museums.

    Using the concept of assemblage, this book unpacks relations between visitors, artists, museum staff, and the museum’s nonhuman components, providing an analytical framework that celebrates the complexity of museums today. It takes the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania as its primary case study but situates it in global trends by drawing on a range of examples from art museums across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and East Asia. It provides insight into how perceptions around engagement are enabled and constrained in the context of different museums and highlights the necessity of an analytical framework that accommodates the complexity and multiplicity of the contemporary museum landscape.

    With an emphasis on visitor experience and curatorial strategy, the book is valuable for students and researchers in museum studies, art history, curatorial studies, and cultural studies.

    Introduction; 1. Contemporary Museum Practice: The Museum of Old and New Art; 2. Museums as Assemblage: Practice and Potential; 3. The Normative Museum: The authoritative voice of the museum and the visitor-as-spectator; 4. The Responsive Museum: Community and Constituents; 5. The Affective Museum: Atmospherics, aesthesis, and the sensorial’ 6. The Emergent Museum: Dynamic, hospitable, disruptive


    Jasmin Pfefferkorn is a postdoctoral research fellow in The University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication. Her research centres on museum studies, aesthetics, digital and computational cultures, media and communications, and visual culture. She is the co-founder of the research group CODED AESTHETICS and teaches master's students in global media communications and arts and cultural management.