Lingnan’s Department of Visual Studies has held three seminars to share insights on museum curatorship and visitor experience on 13 February and 18 February.
The first seminar on “Provocations – Some Thoughts on Curating Museum Exhibitions” was presented by Dr Keng Feng-ying, associate professor of Tainan National University of the Arts and director of its Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology. She pointed out that exhibits of any museum should tell a story and its theme in clarity and interpret their contexts by the story narratives, in order to foster a greater understanding of the exhibits among the viewers. She added that only when the viewers can build some sort of connections of memory with the story of the exhibits will curatorship be able to generate its impact.
Dr Keng’s seminar was followed by a talk on “A New Meaning of Museum Collections: Creating Enjoyable Visitor Experience”, presented by Dr Tzeng Shin-chieh, also from the Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology, Tainan National University of the Arts. He explored new meanings and functions of museum collections, which have for a long time been seen as static, if not boring. He also shared his personal experience working at various museums in Taipei.
On 18 February, another seminar on “Navigating and Research: Art History in Hong Kong” was presented by Ms Michelle Wong, Researcher of Asia Art Archive (AAA). Ms Wong introduced an ongoing project of AAA, which aims to develop a set of tools to facilitate research on recent art in Hong Kong. She also shared her perspectives on how different research methodologies are applied to revitalise and make better sense of existing archives, and how this process sometimes leads to the building of more archives and opens further lines of enquiry.