A considered critical response to the Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums issued by the Bizot Group of Museum directors in 2002. The text offers a critique of the concept of... More > the Universal Museum by tracing its historical roots in the Cabinets of Curiosity assembled by European princes from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The early 'universal' cabinet collections ultimately formed the foundations of the great western 'encyclopedic' museums which in turn benefited from the era of colonialism and imperial adventure in the nineteenth century. The book argues that the concept of a 'universal museum' is philosophically and practically flawed, an anachronistic aspiration that is the product of an idealistic, eighteenth-century Enlightenment mindset devoted to the accumulation and classification of all species of flora and fauna, natural and man-made objects. Such collections are not only unsustainable but perpetuate many of the worst aspects of the age of imperialism.< Less
The book is part of the series about the old things, now they live in museum, though "...long long time ago, they honestly did their work. Here is an old telephone, which has heard and told so... More > many folly in time, that now, he keeps silence. An antique big clock is very old now, he grew forgetful and become slower and slower.." and they brought him to the museum.
In this book series you will find many exciting stories about: is it possible to heal a broken heart? what surprised an old telescope, which seemed to know everything about the sky, stars and galaxy? and how the huge airplane appeared in an old museum.< Less
Museums probably don't rank high on most people's list of tourist sights in Bangkok, but the truth is the city has many interesting museums and historic buildings. There are, according to some, as... More > many as 100 museums in Bangkok. Some of these are too esoteric, too run down, or just too difficult to see or get to for inclusion in this guide. For this first edition of the Bangkok Museums guide I have selected 22 of the most interesting and easy-to-get-to museums and palaces around Bangkok.< Less
In this this book we acknowledge that the role of museums are changing, we address visitors as participants rather than passive consumers and recognize that a manifold of visitors need diverse... More > approaches to engage with museums. Owing to our backgrounds in interaction design, new media production, digital media art and participatory art & design, we approach the theme of “opening museums” from a point of view where digital technologies can be used as tools to facilitate vistor-museum and visitor-visitor interaction. When exploring “new interaction methods”, with the word “new” we refer to emerging practices in museums that encourage openness.< Less