‘All the fun of the fear’: using exhibition histories to understand the challenges of contemporary curation
Thank you for your very stimulating talk, which was very informative, entertaining and well constructed.
I sensed some tensions that intrigued me, especially between your presentation of some aspects of the Blitz Experience as comically grotesque in contrast to the remarkable engagement and investment they produced as visitor effects. You represented the comments on Trip Advisor as perhaps ridiculous or wrongheaded but I was felt they might have captured exactly what the museum wanted: an appeal to an irregular museum attendee (rather than a regular ‘museum type’) plus an impression so profound it could be reflected in decades later! I also note that elsewhere experiential, sensory and immersive curatorial strategies come highly praised (while also noting the seriousness of the critiques that made a game of war).
I’m not sure how these tensions can be reconciled but I find their antagonism very interesting. Your thoughts welcome!
Well done, again,
Thanks for your question! I didn't mean to make the comments appear wrongheaded, but they are so fantastically descriptive that I think I am a little amazed by them. I have also noticed this tensions, but haven't been able to articulate them. I think this is definitely one to ponder..!