Research Fellowship Project
Project Title: Ecologising Experimentations: Collections and Curatorial Practices for a More-Than-Human and Digitally Mediated World
Our lives and worldly situations are deeply ecological and radically interconnected, dramatically evident through events such as climate change; through the observed realities of the Anthropocene; and through the emergence of an all-encompassing digitally mediated world. Through their collections, programs and exhibitions, museums are powerful pedagogical institutions, instrumental in shaping ideas about culture, identity and cultural difference; and about human relations with the non-human world, technology and science. Museums are therefore ideally placed to frame and promote new theories and practices of life.
Using specific items across the MAAS collection (technology, design, social history, digital) and working closely with museum staff, Dr Fiona Cameron’s project develops and tests a series of ecologising theories and methods with the aim of formulating new models of curatorship, object concepts, interpretive storytelling and exhibitory practices, drawing inspiration from the environmental posthumanities, digital humanities and media ecology.
Cameron is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and visiting Professor at Linköping University, Sweden. Cameron is a museum scholar in the fields of digital cultural heritage, museums and climate change and the environmental posthumanities. Over the last ten years, Cameron has been conducting ecologising experimentations across domains of museum practice: from climate change narratives to institutional forms; to collections and documentation; and to digital cultural heritage.
Relevant grants, projects and publications can be found on Cameron’s research page.