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      Collaborative Practices and Decolonial Media Production for Museums


      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      9 - 13 July 2018



            How are collaborative media production practices in museums changing professional and community- based heritage and representation practices? In my presentation I will highlight recent projects I have been involved in developing as a producer and designer. I ask, if the creation of new media for museums is to take culture seriously (Balsamo 2011) in design and methods of production, then how might museums be shaped by, or actively reshape the discourses and practices that maintain them (Hennessy et al. 2018)? As scholars Zoe Todd and Crystal Fraser (2016) have highlighted, the structures and policies that govern the organization of and access to colonial museums and archives have amplified Eurocentric perspectives that support on-going violence and dispossession. They argue that it is “essential that we continue to recognize archival spaces, especially state archives, for their original intent: to create national narratives that seek to legitimize the nation state by excluding Indigenous voices, bodies, economies, histories, and socio-political structures” (2016, pp.71–72). In this context, I will ask if collaborative practices of media making in the museum, which includes the creation of new digital collections networks and emerging documentary technologies used by memory institutions at a range of scales might move beyond what Robin Boast (2011) calls “neo-colonial collaboration” toward transformative instances of reconciliation. In particular, I will discuss how the creation of relationships between museums, multimedia producers, and originating communities in the creation of digital representations of history, culture, and belongings is central to collaborative work.


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            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 287-288
            [0001]Simon Fraser University

            School of Interactive Arts and Technology

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            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
            London, UK
            9 - 13 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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            1. 2011 Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work Durham and London Duke University Press

            2. 2011 Neocolonial collaboration: Museum as contact zone revisited Museum Anthropology 34 1:56 70

            3. 2016 Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Archives in Contemporary Colonial Canada http://www.internationaleonline.org/research/decolonising_practices/54_decolonial_sensibilities_indige nous_research_and_engaging_with_archives_in_c ontemporary_colonial_canada (retrieved 26 November 2017

            4. 2018 Collaborative Digital Curation and Recursive Publics: Sq'éwlets: A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley Proceedings of Museums and the Web (MW18), p.201


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