Street as Museum as Method: Some Thoughts on Museum Inclusivity

By King-chung Siu.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The paper will use the Community Museum Project (CMP, www.hkcmp.org), a Hong Kong-based curatorial collective (with which the author is affiliated), as a case study in the possible application of the museum methodology to the visual representation of community values and practices; she explores how different areas of knowledge and social resources can be “curated” to nurture synergised social relations. CMP, though operates without a permanent space, shares with institutional museums in the practice of creating representations of histories and objects, the difference being the focus on the undocumented and under-represented vernacular culture (with emphasis on public, material and visual cultures) and indigenous creativity. The city, and particularly the street, is seen as a site of interwoven knowledge and resources. They are given visual forms by means of exhibitions, tours or other public programmes.

Keywords: Community Cultural Development, Indigenous Creativity, Social Curating, Vernacular Culture, Visual Culture

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.57-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.345MB).

King-chung Siu

Assistant Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

SIU, King-chung, is an art/design commentator, an installation artist, an independent curator and is a founding member of the Community Museum Project. He teaches in the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been exploring ways - with students, teachers, designers, artists and community partners - to initiate collaborative projects that endeavour to visualise and disseminate local knowledge and practices in public forms such as exhibitions, cultural tourism and publications, etc.

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