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How one becomes many – creating parallel narratives

How do you create exhibitions that promote experimentation, co-construction of knowledge, the feeling of well-being and strengthen the emotional connection of the visitors with the exhibition space? Can plural narratives help people connect with collections on a more relevant, human level?

This workshop aims to share and test ideation tools for the creation of new narratives within the existing ones, that lead to more open and plural visitors’ experiences in museums and science centers and will include speakers sharing their examples and experiences. Participants will receive cards with content, clues and challenges and will use them to create parallel narratives to an existing one.



Session speakers

Curator Text and Language
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Anna will share an example from the Ethnological Museum at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. As part of the “Aspects of Islam” room, the curator is cooperating with four local Muslim congregations: they choose the objects they want to show and write the exhibition texts themselves.
Director, Esplora & Chairperson National STEM Engagement Working Group
Clayton will speak about an Exhibit Toolkit developed, at Esplora Interactive Science Center in Malta, which is a toolkit on how you make different narratives using existing exhibits.
Claudia will share an example of creation of plural narratives within a project of urban transformation, in which a museum ran workshops and used social cartography to empower community leaders, mainly women, about the scientific, technological, and health implications of that project.
exhibitions designer
Aude will share the experience of a children's committee in the design of a new permanent exhibition, « La Cité des petits » (opening february 2020), targeted at young people. During 2 years, the exhibition team of the Cité de l’espace (Toulouse, France) has worked «hand in hand» with 15 children from 4 to 8 years old. The aim was to create the most fitted and welcoming place to make them discover main space topics. At each step of the creative process, the children were invited to encounter the exhibition designers, and to work with them on the ongoing points of the project.
Creative director
Mariana will talk about the creation of narratives that challenge the classic approach of exhibits in Natural History Museums. She will share the methodology used by the design team to incorporate, into an academic narrative, one that resonates more with a wider audience, in an exhibition about the bio and geo-diversity of Portugal. The narrative emphasizes the exploration of nature guided by senses, without forgetting the logical relationship between the ecosystems.