Affect, Mediation and Subjectivity-as-Encounter: Finding the Feeling of the Foundling

Blackman, Lisa. 2016. Affect, Mediation and Subjectivity-as-Encounter: Finding the Feeling of the Foundling. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 5(1), pp. 32-55. ISSN 2045-5836 [Article]

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This article will take the subject of affect as a space of critical reflection on the limits of museums when conceived primarily as communications-media. Drawing from a range of interdisciplinary debates across media and cultural theory, including the field of affect studies and critical reflections on subjectivity, embodiment and mediation, the article will outline some core issues that might be of interest to curators and curatorial practices. The article will pose the question of what it might mean to enter into suggestive relations with another - human and non-human - by focusing upon the author's own embodied experiences of visiting The Foundling Museum in London. The article will explore what it might mean to 'find the feeling of the Foundling' to raise some critical and creative questions about the entry of affect into the arts and humanities as a way of newly conceiving of more interactive publics no longer considered primarily as consumers of meaning.

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Foundling Museum, London; affect and museums; affective embodiment; feeling and audiences; mediated perception; mediation in exhibitions; subjectivity-as-encounter; transliminality

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


1 February 2016Published

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08 Jun 2016 06:55

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09 Mar 2021 16:45

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