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LIFE BY LEXUS 22


21ST


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CENTURY MUSEUM


INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY IS PROPELLING MUSEUMS AWAY FROM THE STUFFY


STEREOTYPES OF YESTERYEAR AND INTO THE 21ST


CENTURY.


SECTIONS OF THE OLD FORT AT THE CONSTITUTION HILL PRECINCT IN JOHANNESBURG ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO EXPERIENTIAL EXHIBITION SPACES


ACCESSIBLE TO FAMILIES, THE YOUTH AND TOURISTS ALIKE


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s meaningful public spaces, museums allow us to reflect on the past and provide an informal learning environment that’s both effective and inspirational. Moving away from a resemblance to zero-fun


cenotaphs, museums are employing new technologies to bring exhibition spaces to life. “The pendulum has swung from the museum as


a passive temple to the museum as an active space; from a treasure box to a toolbox,” said Madeleine Grynsztejn, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, USA, in an article by Ashley Lane entitled Facing the Future: How Museums are Embracing New Trends and Technologies.“Today’s audiences are no longer looking for a cold ‘white cube’ museum experience. Instead, they crave warmer, shared experiences.”


WORDS: FIONA DAVERN. IMAGES: SUPPLIED


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