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Relations between humans and non-humans at the MuN

Museums and cultural institutions have increasingly become one of the stages on which contemporary debates are amplified. The curatorial proposals make use of this protagonism of museums as a platform for the promotion of experiences of aesthetic fruition in the dialogue between the public and the works. These experiences were crossed by recent historical events, such as the strengthening of the extreme right and the weakening of democratic institutions. One of the consequences of this process is the strengthening of the social and political role of the museum in defense of democracy, identity guidelines and the acceptance of diversity.

Thinking about these institutional and historical transformations directly affects the work of educational professionals in museums, as one of their main functions is to propose dialogical experiences based on the works. Despite this, there is a gap when we think about research and documentation of practices carried out by educators. She refers to the absence of documentary records of the processes of creation of collective knowledge in the form of publication and circulation of these proposals with other areas of knowledge.

One of the questions to start this dialogue is: how to do research in museums as a documentary practice between humans and non-humans? What are the tools and methods to carry out participant observation as a mediation practice with audiences? These questions serve as a compass for an unfolding that crosses different social actors and in which educators are directly involved in their practice. Understanding the movement of these actors and the effects of meetings on mediations is the purpose of this research.



Brasília, DF, Brazil
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