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Spectator Museum investigates museum culture as social experience. This project investigates the viewing practices of individuals in the social milieu of display and exhibition space. These representations of viewing practices establish museum visitors themselves as viewed objects. Through their participation in the social space of display, and more particularly the ways in which they fashion a self identity and search for self confirmation in the act of contemplating art, viewers constitute themselves as objects alongside the works of art. This results in a paradoxical overvaluation of viewers that is simultaneously acknowledged by viewers and are marshalled by display managers to increase attendance. The process of museum production, including the shaping and management of vision through curatorial choices, educational technology, politics, and other institutional apparatuses are represented through the project.

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