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Reframing seeing and knowing

Anatomical model of the human eye. Wood, papier-mache, glass, plaster, paint. Made by F Ramme, Germany, 1850-1894, MAAS collection.

Research Symposium: Reframing seeing and knowing in the 21st century, Museums & Galleries of NSW,

The act of seeing and looking has many layers. Who is doing the looking and why? What is being seen? How is this being communicated? How might this translate into knowing?

With John Berger’s ground breaking work, Ways of Seeing, now in its 44thyear, what is it that we bring to seeing and knowing in the 21st century that is new? How might cultural, social and historical perspectives, technology, accessibility and scientific or art informed innovation contribute to interpretation of what is being seen? In a time when ‘media snacking’ on a constant stream of online visual images and text based information is the norm, what, if anything, has shifted in the way we see and know?

How do these ideas impact how we see and perceive objects, art works, archives and other materials in cultural spaces? Do such acts of seeing contribute to changing perspectives?

Join us as we investigate new thoughts on seeing and knowing in cultural spaces such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

A stimulating event for cultural professionals in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector, academics, students and those curious to know more.

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