At the conference in September, Ken Arnold and Thomas Söderqvist presented 15 dogmas for museum practice.

Inspired by the Danish film directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg’s Dogme95, Ken and Thomas’  list included points like “Leave out as much as possible”, “Never show ready-made science”, “Avoid artificial lighting”, “Use no replicas or reproductions, just original artefacts, images and documents” and last but not least “Don’t be afraid to bend, break or reinvent these rules”. Read their abstract here.

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The discussion afterwards included a lot of critical reactions to the restrictions of the dogmas. The speakers were accused of, and admitted to, self-contradiction, the whole point of the dogmas being to start discussions about some of the things we take for granted when we work in a museum context. There were also suggestions for additional dogmas such as “Make controversial displays”.

Comments were heard from Morten Skydsgaard, Henrik Treimo, Yin Chung Au, Ramunas Kondratas and Nurin Veis.

See a list of the abstracts here. Read more about the EAMHMS video clip project here.

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