Science Exhibitions: Curation & Design

This exciting book examines how best to disseminate science to the public through a variety of new and traditional media. With some 20 essays from leading practitioners in the field, and over 500 pages,  it provides an authoritative, stimulating overview of new, innovative and successful initiatives. The essays draw on cutting-edge experience throughout the world, and include contributions from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore and New Zealand – as well as the UK and USA. 

The book is edited by Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti, Lecturer in Museum Education at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece: “In this book, I wanted to examine the narratives generated in science exhibitions and tackle some of the challenges museums experience in transforming scientific concepts or events into three-dimensional exhibits.”

Among the essays included in Science Exhibitions: Curation and Design are:

Medicine Show: Exhibitions and Events at Wellcome Collection
Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes, Wellcome Collection, London

The Exhibition and Beyond: New and Controversial Science in the Museum
Sarah R Davies, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

No Objects, no Problem? Interpreting Scientific Theories in Ideas-Based Exhibitions Without Collections
Jim Garretts, Senior Curator, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Vanishing Landscapes and Endangered Species
Joseph Ingoldsby, Landscape Mosaics, USA

The Museum as a 21st Century Bestiary: Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Art Between Protocols and Manifests
Denisa Kera, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

Exhibiting the Dendritic Form
Marius Kwint, University of Portsmouth

Engaging The Public
Wayne LaBar, Vice President, Exhibitions & Featured Experiences, Liberty Science Center

Representing Nanotechnology and Society in Science Exhibitions
Brice Laurent, Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris

Delineating Disease: Drawing Insights in the Medical Museum
Lucy Lyons, Artist

Storytelling Memories
Tanya Marriott, Institute of Communication Design, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Exhibition Experiments: Publics, Politics and Scientific Controversy
Sharon MacDonald, University of Manchester

NanoAdventure, An Interactive Exhibition in Brazil
Sandra Murriello, Laboratório de Estudos Avançados em Jornalismo, Brazil

Unearthing the History of Medical Exhibition
Miriam Posner, Film & American Studies, Yale University

The Visitor Experience in Science Exhibitions: Design, Exhibits and Interactivity
Jorg Schmidtsiefen, ArchiMeDes GbR, Berlin

Science Adrift in an Enterprise Culture: Finding Facts and Telling Stories in a Maritime Museum
William Taylor, Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts, University of Western Australia

Table Top Physics: Old Science, New Audience
Jane Wess, Science Museum, London

Publication details
Title: Science Exhibitions: Curation and Design
Editor: Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti
ISBN: 978-0-9561943-5-0 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-03-6 [hardback]
Pages: 512
Publisher: MuseumsEtc
Price: £59.95 (paperback) | £94.95 (hardback) (+ £10 worldwide shipping)

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