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Present on Site:
Transforming Exhibitions and

Present on Site
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Ingemann, Bruno (2012): Present on Site. Transforming Exhibitions and Museums, Lejre: Visual Memory Press. 398 pages, 147 illustration, printed in colour.

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Present on Site: Transforming Exhibitions and Museums
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Intro: Why objects, showcases, exhibitions and museum are so important

Part One

Theme: Constructions – The visitor at an exhibition

Chapter 2: The safe Harbour – How an exhibition constructs the user
Chapter 3: The human aspect in Ancient times
Chapter 4: The hidden exhibition – The new prehistory exhibition at the National Museum in Copenhagen
Chapter 5: Mise-en-scène – One artist constructing himself retrospectively into the future
Chapter 6: The forced gazes: Home, shop, museum and IKEA

Theme: Questions - Experience and learning processe

Chapter 8: Museums are good to think with
Chapter 9: Person-in-situation (1) – Experience and strategy
Chapter 10: Person-in-situation (2) – Experience and questioning
Chapter 11: Person-in-situation (3) – Experience and interaction
Chapter 12: What is the question? Creating a learning environment in the exhibition
Chapter 13: Speaking places, places speaking – A transvisual analysis of a site

Part Two

Theme: Invisibles - The exhibition design process

Chapter 15: Provoked dialogue as reflection-in-action in designing an exhibition
Chapter 16: THE JOURNEY - Design between creativity and organisation
Chapter 17: Journey of the soul – From designer to media artist
Chapter 18: Drifting sand – The poetic interpretation and the process of construction. Preparing for unexpected gifts

Theme: Openings – Category, objects and communication

Chapter 20: Museum: The three monkeys – A fluid category
Chapter 21: Object images and material culture – The construction of authenticity and meaning
Chapter 22: Ten Thesis on museum in society
Chapter 23: Non-art and self creation in the art gallery
Chapter 24: Ten dilemmas professionals face