Designed destinations: questions of 'designer'
Dear James, thank you for this fascinating paper. I hope you’re managing ok where you are in California? I especially enjoyed your contribution for the blurry boundaries it created around “museum” practice. It is so great to have this reminder of the cross-fertilisation of different types of display environments and learn about the complexities of ‘designed destinations’. I have a question about the ‘taxidermist as designer’. In preparation for my paper, I was reading some material from the Journal of Design History which made a distinction between the professional designer as they emerged in the nineteenth century and the ‘trades and crafts’. Beegan and Atkinson (2008) put it like this: ‘the designer is able to achieve an overview of the increasingly complex production process in industrial society and direct the work of the artisan, the builder, the sign maker, the potter, the printer and compositor [and could we add taxidermist?!]’. Do you have a sense of how this dynamic played out in your case studies, and what do you think this distinction in general? Does it apply in your research?
Thanks James! Just commenting to say I really enjoyed the presentation and I feel as if I've actually traveled in time and space (so immersive, ha!).