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  • SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: THE GHENT

    UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AS A CASE

    STUDY

    Dr. Marjan Doom (18/03/2017)

    GENTS UNIVERSITEITSMUSEUM

    KERNGROEP CONCEPTONTWIKKELING

  • CONTEXT

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    Ghent; 643.393

    Leuven; 105.754

    Antwerp; 32.092 Brussels; 1.559

    Known number of Cultural heritage

    objects in 4 Flemish universities

    1"Balans en perspectief. Academisch erfgoed in Vlaanderen." Interuniversitair Platform voor

    Academisch Erfgoed, 2013

  • Campus Ledeganck

  • Complex Ledeganck

  • Science Centre Nemo, Amsterdam

  • Science Centre Nemo, Amsterdam

  • TARGET AUDIENCE

    ̶ Secondary school students (focus on final grades)

    ̶ Academic community

    ̶ “Broad Public” fascinated by science and culture

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  • MISSION AND VISION

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    • Science is a human activity

    • Practising science means ‘Dare to Think’

    • Science is a dynamic concept

  • MUSEUM OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

    ̶ “Visitors are no longer approached as empty vessels to be

    filled with didactic content…” (Graham Black)

    ̶ “The museum is gradually becoming a unique platform of

    human encounters” (Chris Dercon)

    ̶ “The museum’s role is not to proclaim but to listen, interpret,

    incorporate ideas and adjust” (Charles Leadbeater)

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  • CONTENT: FRAMEWORK

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    CHAOS Patterns & Classification

    DOUBT Observation & Interpretation

    REPRESENTATION Modelling

    TRUTH Measuring & Collecting of data

    IMMAGINATION Immagination & Invention

    KNOWLEDGE Pluralism in science

    NETWORK Science & Community

    BOUNDARIES and LIMITS Boundaries and Limits in science

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  • SCENOGRAPHIC LAYERS

    1 Introfilm(s)

    Setting the mood

    And

    Inciting the

    imagination

    2 Big Questions

    Science

    Philosophical layer

    initiated by the

    selection of key

    objects

    3 Cabinets and LAB

    Exploration

    And

    In-depth research

  • FRAMEWORK: CONTENT

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    CHAOS Patterns & Classification

    DOUBT Observation & Interpretation

    REPRESENTATION Modelling

    TRUTH Measuring & Collecting of data

    IMMAGINATION Immagination & Invention

    KNOWLEDGE Pluralism in science

    NETWORK Science & Community

    BOUNDARIES and LIMITS Boundaries and Limits in science

  • FRAMEWORK: KEYWORDS

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    CHAOS Patterns & Classification

    DOUBT Observation & Interpretation

    REPRESENTATION Modelling

    TRUTH Measuring & Collecting of data

    IMMAGINATION Immagination & Invention

    KNOWLEDGE Pluralism in science

    NETWORK Science & Community

    BOUNDARIES and LIMITS Boundaries and Limits in science

  • FRAMEWORK: KEY OBJECTS

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    CHAOS Patterns & Classification

    DOUBT Observation & Interpretation

    REPRESENTATION Modelling

    TRUTH Measuring & Collecting of data

    IMMAGINATION Immagination & Invention

    KNOWLEDGE Pluralism in science

    NETWORK Science & Community

    BOUNDARIES and LIMITS Boundaries and Limits in science

  • FRAMEWORK: BIG QUESTIONS

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    CHAOS Does science bring order into reality? / Are classification systems fixed?...

    DOUBT Is it always true what we see? / Can we study something we can’t see?…

    REPRESENTATION Does the model capture reality? / Can science mimic nature? …

    TRUTH Can we measure anything? What is the difference between measuring and knowing?...

    IMMAGINATION Does a scientist need imagination? Can you be creative and objective at the same time?...

    KNOWLEDGE Is science the sole source of knowledge? / Can different answers to the same question be true? …

    NETWORK Can you practise science alone? / Do we know more now then in the past? …

    BOUNDARIES and LIMITS Should science know boundaries and limits? Can we know everything?...

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  • CONCEPT

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    Cabinets

    ‒ Scale and diversity of the academic collections

    ‒ Invite to explore and indulge in the themes

  • CABINETS

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  • CONCEPT

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    LAB

    ‒ Stimulate interaction

    ‒ Dynamics

    ‒ Participation

    ‒ Public programme

  • LAB

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  • BIG QUESTIONS

    Key Objects & Main narrative

  • CHAOS

    Patterns & Classification

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  • BOUNDARIES AND LIMITS

    Boundaries & Limits in science

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  • CABINETS

    Large amount of objects & exploration

  • DOUBT

    observation & interpretation

  • DOUBT: THE STUDY OF WHAT HAS DISAPPEARED

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  • TO CONCLUDE

    ̶ An exhibition can be a unique language to share a

    narrative on science and scientific thinking

    ̶ Museum is a platform for encounter and participation

    ̶ Juxtaposition

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  • THANK YOU

    External Partner: Handelsreizigers in Ideeën (http://handelsreizigers.be/)

    Photography: Benn Deceuninck, Geert Roels, Bart De Pauw,

    Hilde Christiaens and Koen Bovée