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1. Townsend, Rachel. Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences.

Degree: 2017, University of Washington

Technology-based participatory experiences are on the rise in art museums. The purpose of this study was to explore museums’ use of technology-based, participatory experiences designed to encourage visitors to contribute interpretive content in art museum exhibitions. Using a case study design, data were collected through interviews with museum professionals at three sites and through document analysis. Study results suggest that museums were primarily motivated by a desire to enhance the visitor experience, keep up to date with technology use, try new things, and offer visitors alternative perspectives to the traditional curatorial voice. Additionally, results suggest that the implementation of these contributory experiences only minimally changed institutions’ exhibition development practice and that personnel changes heavily influenced these projects. This study’s results point to future research opportunities around what visitors get out of technology-based participatory experiences and offer practitioners examples they can use when planning similar experiences at their own institutions. Advisors/Committee Members: Luke, Jessica J. (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: art museums; participation; participatory experiences; technology; visitor contribution; Museum studies; Museology

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APA (6th Edition):

Townsend, R. (2017). Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences. (Thesis). University of Washington. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1773/39753

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Townsend, Rachel. “Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences.” 2017. Thesis, University of Washington. Accessed December 10, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/39753.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Townsend, Rachel. “Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences.” 2017. Web. 10 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Townsend R. Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2017. [cited 2019 Dec 10]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/39753.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Townsend R. Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences. [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/39753

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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