Inge Kalle-den Oudsten: The Post Museum and Digital Technologies

Inge Kalle-den Oudsten | University of Amsterdam, Mediastudies | Promotor: Robin Boast, Supervisors: Mirjam Hoijtink and Wim Hupperetz | October 2015-2019 | i.kalle-denoudsten[at]

The Post Museum and Digital Technologies
CEMEC (Connecting Early Medieval European Collections)

My research looks at the relationship between Eilean Hooper-Greenhill’s concept of the ‘post museum’ and digital technologies. The post museum may be conceptualised as the museum of the future: an open, democratic space, no longer centred on ‘objective’ knowledge and curator-led concerns, but much more about visitors and their meanings. Often, digital technologies are heralded as open and democratic, which begs the question – might they be an answer – could they project the traditional museum forwards towards the post museum? This question is approached by looking at visitor meaning making processes through participant-centred, ethnographically inspired, visitor research at two case-studies: the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, complemented by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Both these case-studies make serious use of digital technologies in their galleries, but both do so very differently. Through more than 20 in-depth visitor-led interviews, I aim to understand more deeply how visitors create meanings in museums and whether these processes may be influenced by digital technologies. In what ways can digital create more space for visitor meanings in our traditional museums, assisting these institutions into changing towards a post museum?