Can art museums co-create? A study of co-creative practices in The 360 families project at Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo

Alice Bo Killemose

Studenteropgave: Kandidatafhandlinger


ABSTRACT: Co-creation has grown to become a significant trend showing great market potential in the commercial world but just as much promising potential for solving societal and environmental challenges. Along with these growing promises co-creation appears to be widely adapted in a number of contexts. One of these is the cultural field where co-creation has worked its way into debates on the future organisation of art museums. Here user engagement and participation is especially being acclaimed as an avenue for securing the future legitimacy of art museums. Yet little to no research has yet been made into the organisational perspectives of deploying these new museum practices. With guidance from existing approaches to co-creation - mostly in design theory - and culture-theoretical reflections on how the historical and institutional conditions of cultural organization shape its ways of doing and making the present study out to explore and contribute to this rather unexplored field of research. Through a single case study of the The 360° families project at The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture in Oslo the aim is to gain insights into critical intersections between co-creative practices and the organisation of art museums. Ultimately the ambition is to find out if and how art museums can co-create. A single case study implies a highly explorative research approach that allows the study to go along with the field. Thus the study takes inspiration from methodological concepts to make sense of the empirical work. Through investigating The 360° families project the study finds that internal organisation, experience & attitudes and process & practices create specific barriers and opportunities to the deployment of cocreative practices in the project. An oscillation between these findings and historical trajectories of art museums reveals that institutional and historical conditions heavily inflect art museum practices in ways that appears to amplify the barriers to co-creation and interfere with the opportunities to create change in art museums. On this basis the study conclusively suggests that in order to cocreate art museums’ need to become conscious about the regime of truth their practices is subjected to. Finally these findings reveal that the concept of co-creation is sometimes presented as a set of ahistorical practices and therefore is unable to inculcate history’s inflection with the practices in art museums.

UddannelserCand.soc.oie Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Kandidatuddannelse) Afsluttende afhandling
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