Experiential museums: spaces for diverse audiences to engage with audiovisual resources
This presentation explores the symbiotic relationship between audio-visual resources and experiential museums, in pursuit of a common goal of providing diverse audiences a means to engage with information. While traditional museums have viewed their collections as central, museums across the world are increasingly making use of image, audio and film resources, in addition to interactive technology, to achieve defined learning objectives for target groups. Hence, a museum is no longer only a storehouse of information, but rather becomes a catalyst in the visitor’s learning experience.
An experiential museum forms an important bridge between audio-visual collections and varied audiences. By passing audio-visual resources through a filter of interpretative design, and using audio-visual material as an integral part of a narrative, it provides a diverse group of people the environment to interact with, and benefit from, access to content. While such museums need audio-visual content to absorb the visitor in the narrative, they also provide audio-visual collections an opportunity to reach out to audiences beyond scholars and researchers.
As an example of this relationship, the presentation will focus on a collaborative effort that is working towards setting up the Centre for Indian Music Experience (www.indianmusicexperience.org), which will be India’s first experiential music museum.