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Research Through Design: Museum and the Artefact Panel
Thu 23 March 2017, 16:15 – 17:15 GMT
The Artefact and the Museum Panel- Most of what we know of the history of mankind is through the traces of objects we have made. The value of these objects in forming an understanding of the development of human culture is without question, so much so that many museums are taking into their collections things which came into being only yesterday. Whether a pre-historic flint axe head or the latest iPhone, all define our history. This can only mean that our artefactual archives are continuously expanding, but how do museums go about selecting which of today’s objects need to be preserved and why? How do they use these to map the lineage of our material culture, and how important are museum collections in giving rise to the new? What are the curatorial processes in place to achieve this?
Our panel of academics and curators, Dr Sam Alberti, Keeper of the Department of Science and Technology and Dr Xavier Dectot, Keeper of the Department of Art & Design (both National Museums of Scotland), Dr Jayne Wallace, Northumbria and Prof. JP Singh, Edinburgh, chaired by Professor Chris Breward (ECA), will help us reflect on these questions, and perhaps pose more that can stimulate new Research through Design.
This panel is part of a bigger conference with limited tickets but to give more people an opportunity to take part in discussions we have opened up our two panel discussions, workshops and keynote from Studio Swine to a public audience.
The Research through Design (RTD) conference will be held in Edinburgh, UK, between the 22nd and 24th of March 2017 focussing on New Disciplines of Making – Shared Knowledge in Doing. For more information and tickets for the conference itself visit http://researchthroughdesign.org/2017/