Colonial histories, museum collections, FabLabs and community engagement

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to a round table discussion (which, under pandemic conditions took place asynchronously online!), with colleagues from the OU for the latest issue of Open Arts Journal. The resulting paper was published at the end of 2020. Abstract below:

This roundtable explores how issues of the local and the global register and are negotiated in the disciplines of art history and design with regard to two projects: Suits and Saris by Amy Jane Barnes (Art History) and La Campana Community FabLab by Nicole Lotz (Design). It seeks to probe what such a transdisciplinary discussion might entail and what the differences and similarities in our approaches might be. The discussion aimed at enriching our practice by stepping out of familiar frames of professional reference and becoming familiar with perspectives and discourses from the related but also disciplinarily distant fields of art history and design respectively, which, moreover, at the Open University are embedded in the humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and therefore inhabit distinctly different vocational worlds.

My contribution reflects on the experience of working on the Cultural Olympiad exhibition Suits and Saris.

Image: A photograph of Suits and Saris, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. Credit: author.

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