Monuments For A Departed Future: Designing For Critical Engagement With An Ideologically Contested Museum Collection

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The increasing spread of smartphones gives new opportunities for museums dealing with ideologically contested collections. In this paper we explore how playful interactions and user comments can be used to encourage critical engagement with museum collections. This is done through a research through design experiment at the Museum of Yugoslavia, which houses the grave of the former communist leader Josep Tito. Building on earlier work by Mary Flanagan and Andrea Witcomb, we present a playful design that utilizes Artcodes to connect the physical museum exhibits with a digital experience of modernist monuments erected at various sites around the former territory of Yugoslavia during the socialist era. The design has been tested through two iterations on museum visitors and a group of experts on digital museum communication, leading to suggestions for future critical designs centered on playful intervention and poetic provocations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMW18: Museums and the Web 2018 : Selected Papers and Proceedings from an International Conference
Place of PublicationSilver Spring, MD
PublisherMuseums and the Web
Publication date20 Apr 2018
ISBN (Print)978-0-9988474-0-5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
EventMuseums and the Web 2018 - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2R9 CA, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 18 Apr 201821 Apr 2018


ConferenceMuseums and the Web 2018
LocationSheraton Vancouver Wall Centre 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2R9 CA
SponsorTixtrack, Axiell Danmark A/S, Piction, Brightcove, Inc.

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