Gerald Bast, Elias G. Carayannis, David F. J. Campbell
The Future of Museums
Number of pages: 164
Publishing Date: 2019-10-25
Branch: museum & cultural heritage
Category: book (softcover)
This book exploresat the macro, meso and micro levels and in terms of qualitative as well as quantitative studiesthe current and future role of museums for art and society. Given the dynamic developments in art and society, museums need to change in order to remain (and in some ways, regain) relevance. This relevance is in the sense of a power to influence. Additionally museums have challenges that arise in the production of art through the use of permanent and rapidly changing technologies. This book examines how museums deal with the increasing importance of performance art and social interactive art, artistic disciplines which refuse to use classical or digital artistic media in their artistic processes. The book also observes how museums are adapting in the digital age. It addresses such questions as, "How to keep museums in contact with recipients of art in a world in which the patterns of communication and perception have changed dramatically," and also "Can the art museum, as a real place, be a counterpart in a virtualized and digitalized society or will museums need to virtualize and even globalize themselves virtually?" Chapters also cover topics such as the merits of digital technologies in museums and how visitors perceive these changes and innovations.