Museums and Affect
Fisher, Jennifer and Reckitt, Helena, eds. 2015. Museums and Affect. Journal of Curatorial Studies. [Edited Journal]
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Abstract or Description
This is the first of two issues addressing affect theory as a mode of analysis for curatorial and exhibition studies. Affect accounts for the feeling of exhibitions. It is sensed before cognition or meaning occur – qualifying and charging the interstice among artworks, as well as between curatorial agents, institutions, communities and technologies. The five articles of this issue demonstrate how the transmission of affect in a museum or exhibition goes beyond specific artworks and their meanings to cover a wide range of social, sensory and emotive registers. Affect theory helps to understand how the mediating agencies of curating simultaneously encompass context and relationship. The authors included here analyze diverse facets of museological architectures, installations and media platforms to explore affects such as empathy, love, darkness, trauma, banality, curiosity and devotion. Through a diverse set of case studies, "Museums and Affect" illuminates the relevance of affect theory to museological experience and curatorial knowledge.
Alexis L. Boylan
Christopher R. Marshall