Museums and Affect

Fisher, Jennifer and Reckitt, Helena, eds. 2015. Museums and Affect, Journal of Curatorial Studies, 4(3). 2045-5836 [Edited Journal]

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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.


Gabriel Levine
The Museum of Everyday Life: Objects and Affects of Glorious Obscurity

Alexis L. Boylan
What’s Love Got to Do with It? Crowdsourcing, Curating and Love in the Neoliberal Museum

Jenny Kidd
Gaming for Affect: Museum Online Games and the Embrace of Empathy

Kit Messham-Muir
Into Darkness: Affect and Dark Space in Holocaust Exhibitions

Christopher R. Marshall
From Altar to App: Displaying Devotion in the Contemporary Museum

Friederike Schäfer
All the World’s Futures

Bill Roberts
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015

Negin Zebarjad
The Aga Khan Museum Collection and The Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Owen Duffy
Simon Denny: The Innovator’s Dilemma

Jordan MacInnis
Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite
Museums and Migration: History, Memory and Politics, Laurence Gouriévidis (Ed.)

Alison Cooley
Radical Museology or, What’s ‘Contemporary’ in Museums of Contemporary Art?, Claire Bishop and Dan Perjovschi

Rosie Spooner
This Is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto

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1 October 2015

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