Exhibiting Interaction: Conduct and Collaboration in Museums and Galleries

January 1st, 2001 | RESEARCH

This article explores how individuals, both alone and together, examine exhibits in museums and galleries. Drawing on ethnomethodlolgy and conversation analysis, it focuses on the way in which visitors encounter and experience exhibits and how their activities are organized, at least in part, with intimate regard to the actions of others in the domain, both companions and "strangers." This study contributes to the long-standing concerns of symbolic interactionism with (mutual) attention and involvement, materiality and social relations, and interpersonal communication. The data consist of video recordings of naturally occurring action and interaction in various museums and galleries.


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Team Members

Dirk von Lehn, Author, King's College London
Christian Heath, Author, King's College London
Jon Hindmarsh, Author, King's College London


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 0195-6086

Publication: Symbolic Interaction
Volume: 24
Number: 2
Page(s): 189

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Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits