Sunday, November 28, 2010
Nina Simon and Co-Creation
I like the idea of Co-Creation with the community and some of the points Nina Simon makes, but I still feel she puts too much emphasis on the community and visitors doing all of the work. I think co-creation is a great idea but to a certain extent. For example, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. worked with members of all of the tribes featured in the museum to ensure that what they did was accurate and did the tribe justice. I think this is a great idea. Anytime a certain group of people or community or anything along those lines are represented the best way to get your point across is to have them involved. They of course know the content that anyone outside of the group ever could and therefore will make the exhibit that much greater. But even with their involvement in the exhibit I don't think they should have freedom to do whatever they please and there may be certain parts of the exhibit project they should not be involved in. The content and the information would be the most important part of their involvement, even the placement of some of the objects. But they should not have control of everything. There input is extremely important but they should not be in charge. I still feel she relies too strongly on visitors and members of the community. While people who are being exhibit or if their community is being exhibited they may have more motivation to work on such a project but otherwise something like this that is all volunteer, will not be on the top of peoples priority list.