Dialogue and carnival: understanding visitors' engagement in design museums

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As the role of museums has shifted from collection-driven institutions to experience-centred environments, researchers in museology have felt a growing need to understand how visitors experience and engage in exhibitions. Defining design museums as sites of meaning-making through diverse interactions and co-creative experiences, we examine dialogue as a means of encouraging visitors' active participation and creative engagement in design exhibitions. This article presents a theoretical framework based on Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism and carnival theory. Four kinds of dialogic engagement are identified to illustrate different ways of engagement and co-creation in design museums through the analysis of example exhibitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology [grant number 1.140041.01].

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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