(Excerpt from 'Discursive Space Conference' posted on art and education. Found here http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:djhOamvLd8IJ:www.artandeducation.net/announcement/art-gallery-of-ontario-presents-discursive-space-conference/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk)
The theme of the conference, “Discursive Space: breaking barriers to effective spatial communication in museums”, provides a forum for deliberation concerning the integration of art, design, and architecture in the creation of memorable and immersive museum experiences, while balancing the public’s expectations of self-directed expression and engagement.
Discursive Space invites designers, museum professionals and design researchers to explore breaking barriers to effective spatial communication in art, design and exhibitions.
Today's society is continuously challenged to break down barriers; barriers that stand to separate individuals and ideas. Art and design in their truest forms are created to fracture barriers and initiate dialogue with individuals, internally and socially. How does one make an emotional connection, effect communication, and immersively engage a museum audience with an experience when there are these barriers to be overcome? The issue of how cultural institutions can reconnect with the public and demonstrate their value and relevance in contemporary life has been at the forefront of discussions between scholars, designers and professionals in recent times. In order for the conference to have relevance within the museum community, it has to have relevance for those who work in or study museums, but also to those who visit museums; to those who design museums; and those who see museums as an educational resource.
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(Image: Sholem Dolgoy, Catherine Dowling, Jana Macalik & Annick Mitchell, In Praise of Shadows, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, 3-4 October 2009, Interactive light installation; Photo by Jana Macalik.)