Many visitors study object texts more intensively than the object in question and the written text is accepted as the only possible interpretation. With the help of digital labels we want to question and expand the authorship of exhibition texts. Besides the “classical” object text, various alternatives could be offered (artist, activist, philosopher, student, etc.). This way, visitors can decide for themselves which text is displayed, or which one suits them most. In addition, visitors can add their own text or comment on other texts, thus creating a discourse on the described object and its reception. The non-hierarchical approach should also be expressed visually, through the equal presentation of the various text versions.
The exhibition initiative INTER- (project partner nextmuseum.io) has developed an interesting approach to this: “Non-hierarchical approaches and the linking of multiplicities characterize the working methods of INTER–. In favor of a multiplicity of contributions and perspectives, this blog aims at overcoming chronological principles of order and fast-moving consumption. In doing so, INTER– is drawing from the idea of a system of thoughts structured like a rhizome.[…] “.
In its blog, the German Historical Museum explains how art can reach everyone through inclusive offers such as the text drum: “Inclusive offers in the exhibition invite visitors to engage in a participatory introduction to each topic, and provide information in German and English, as well as Braille, plain language, and sign language (in video format). […]”
Photo: Visionect, AMLABEL Digital Gallery Display