Having been invited to join the NLOB research team, and given how recent discussions responding to the question, “what is natural history?”, have started mulling over another question of definition, “what is art?”, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves to everybody reading this blog.
Over the next four months myself and Susanne Kudielka will be collaborating (as artists) with all those currently involved in the ‘New Light on Old Bones’ (NLOB) process. We will be offering a potentially different perspective or approach to research practices, while exploring alternative ways in which both the general public and museum professionals might relate to, respond to, and interact with the Rossendale Museum, inspired by the natural history collection that can be found there.
How can the NLOB research lead to new creative approaches and strategies for museum interpretation and visitor interaction? How can taking a closer look at the social context of a museum’s collection help society engage with issues such as mortality, or connect people to an understanding, sensitivity and appreciation of both their natural and built environments?
This blog has developed into a challenging and engaging resource, thanks to all those who have contributed to the discussions that have emerged. In January we will join this process, posting some of our own thoughts and questions, as we try to explore the creative potential of the NLOB discourse. We will question some of the assumptions that have been made, try to place themes that have emerged within a contemporary context, and start to ask what the function or purpose of a museum is/could potentially be. We will also start posting a few links of our own to the blogroll, highlighting projects or sources of inspiration (both positive and negative) that we hope might be of interest. This dialogue will run alongside a more practical approach to exploring and implementing concrete ideas for community and artistic engagement.
We look forward to hearing from you soon, and wish everybody a productive and enjoyable start to the New Year,
Susanne & Kaspar
If you would like to find out more about our previous work please take a look at our website/blog: www.treacleonline.wordpress.com