Medium, mediation and meaning: museum architecture as spatial storytelling -- a case study of the Ionic frieze in two Parthenon galleries
Lu, Fangqing (2012) Medium, mediation and meaning: museum architecture as spatial storytelling -- a case study of the Ionic frieze in two Parthenon galleries. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In order to convey the meanings contained within artefacts, museums commonly communicate with the general public primarily through the mediation of an audiovisual interpretative framework. In addition to audiovisual mediation, this thesis demonstrates the idea that museum architecture itself can make a significant contribution to various meanings communicated by artefacts. Drawn from a comparative case-study of the detailed interpretive frameworks of two museums, the thesis investigates the extent to which museum architecture itself should be considered as a medium of spatial-storytelling, providing a rich sensory context for the process of mediation and interpretation. This idea contributes towards a more meaningful embodied experience to the general public in order to support the process of ‘self-learning’, as well as passing on intangible culture through both tangible and intangible media.
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