Re:search, museums and how we know

Catherine Styles, Australia

Search. Diligent, rational, convergent search. It's what you do, again and again, when you have a question, when you conduct research. It's not the only path to knowledge – it may not even be the best path – yet it dominates the will-to-know, shaping our tools, our minds, and our displays of museum collections.

This presentation will highlight the epistemological dominance of search, lament the parallel suppression of more playful and intuitive ways of knowing, and introduce a collections-based project designed to redress this imbalance.

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