While interviewing museum conservators and historians for her recent project, The Gold Room, artist Esther Shalev-Gerz observed that the framework of their profession seemed to bind them to a strict adherence to factual information when asked to interpret objects from the collection. Imaginative and speculative forms of interpretation are still often disregarded in traditional museum methodologies, even though they are intrinsic to the experience of art. In response, this conversation brings together a visual artist, a museum conservator, a poet and a psychic to explore the potential role of imagination, psychometry and intuitive methods in interpreting museological artifacts and collections.

Discussing alternative ways of accessing knowledge, Sameer Farooq, Lisa Ellis, Jared Stanley, and Kimberly Rose examine the possibilities offered by new technologies and different ways of thinking in expanding museum practices towards a more inclusive and democratic outlook.

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