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Title: Exhibiting connections, connecting exhibitions : constructing trans-Pacific relationships through museum displays in Oceania (2006-2016)
Author: Christophe, Alice
ISNI:       0000 0004 6351 0526
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2016
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This research explores the correlation between exhibitions and networks in the context of the 21st century Pacific. Firstly, exhibitions are envisioned as relational and connective practices that trigger interactions through their making. Secondly, exhibition-­‐products are regarded as the result of these relationships, which bring together a wide range of agents including makers, things, spaces and epistemologies. Applying the Actor-­‐Network-­‐Theory to the field of exhibition studies, this thesis follows the path of six trans-­‐Pacific museum displays. These case studies were developed between 2006 and 2016 by three major institutions of Oceania, located in Aotearoa New Zealand (Auckland Museum), Hawai‘i (Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum) and Taiwan (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts). After a theoretical and methodological introduction, Chapter 2 dwells on the history of the institutions included in this research and pieces together the genealogical grounds for each exhibition case study. Short-­‐term exhibitions and their capacity to open new museum routes are explored in Chapter 3. Long-­‐term displays and the musealisation of temporary pathways are presented in Chapter 4. While reassembling the trajectories of each exhibition in Chapter 3 and 4 and connecting their genealogies, this study examines the existence of parallels, translations and echoes amongst the case studies in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 further emphasises these relationships and equally dwells on the limitations and impacts of connective narratives by analysing the Pacific maps displayed in these trans-­‐Pacific exhibitions. By and large, this research explores the increasing development of a trans-­‐Pacific culture of display in Oceania, which is examined through the lens of exhibitions developed and presented in this region at the dawn of the 21st century.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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