Instagram and the museum experience: theorising the connection through aesthetics, space and sharing

Suess, Adam and Barton, Georgina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2703-238X (2022) Instagram and the museum experience: theorising the connection through aesthetics, space and sharing. Museum Management and Curatorship. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0964-7775

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Abstract

Many museum or art gallery visitors record their experience through social media platforms. Instagram is a case in point. Instagram is an application for mobile devices where people post images and comments, sharing their experiences in different places, with different people. This paper shares data from a project exploring people’s art gallery visitations and how they engage with Instagram in such spaces. The research aimed to answer the following research questions: What are the current practices of art gallery visitors using Instagram? and why do visitors use Instagram to experience the art gallery? Findings showed people use Instagram in art galleries for a range of reasons and these include to extend and evolve their aesthetic experience, to share their experience, and to mediate gallery space. The significance of these findings may influence decisions made by gallery curators to enhance visitor experience as well as people’s expressive response to artworks.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 00:45
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art gallery; museum; aesthetic experience; Instagram; sharing; space
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2022.2073563
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48467

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