The possibilities and limits of this medium as a carrier of information have only rarely been considered in the public reception of exhibitions held in the field of natural sciences and cultural studies. As a rule, scientists in particular subjects expect details, correctness and objectivity. However visitors will often have the feeling that too much is expected of them if an exhibition that is full of information takes the form of an ”accessible book”. It is for sure that the medium exhibition is inferior to other media, such as a book or a scientific magazine - as far as the density of information is concerned. It is however also certain that the visit of an exhibition can become an event that cannot be conveyed by any other medium. Thereby synergisms between experience of the senses on the one hand and learning experience on the other become possible. These synergisms are aimed at by the German Hygiene Museum - in its temporary exhibitions as well as its new permanent exhibition ”The Human Being”. The temporary exhibition ”Gene Worlds - Workshop Man?” which will be on until the end of the year is exemplary for the means of conveyance the German Hygiene Museum has developed. The advantages inherent in the information field of exhibition - intensity of the senses, three-dimensionality, medial variety - are used to bring highly complicated and nondescriptive facts to the point and make them conceivable. The new permanent exhibition which is to be realised in several stages until the year 2002 will take up this style. The theme of this exhibition is the body as an access to the dimensions of the human.

The exhibition will not amount to medical-biological explanations, but also direct the view of the visitor to culturally relevant aspects of humanity. ”The Human Being” shall be an exhibition which conveys scientific knowledge in a narrative and playful way so that the visitor will be inspired to ask further questions and to continue thinking - even after he has left the exhibition. ”Enacted science” is a scientifically, artistically and didactically conclusive connection of information and design which is discovered by the visitor not being a passive observer, but a playfully acting person.

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Museum as an enacted science:The exhibitions of the German Hygiene Museum

Alexander Klein   Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

The possibilities and limits of this medium as a carrier of information have only rarely been considered in the public reception of exhibitions held in the field of natural sciences and cultural studies. As a rule, scientists in particular subjects expect details, correctness and objectivity. However visitors will often have the feeling that too much is expected of them if an exhibition that is full of information takes the form of an ”accessible book”. It is for sure that the medium exhibition is inferior to other media, such as a book or a scientific magazine - as far as the density of information is concerned. It is however also certain that the visit of an exhibition can become an event that cannot be conveyed by any other medium. Thereby synergisms between experience of the senses on the one hand and learning experience on the other become possible. These synergisms are aimed at by the German Hygiene Museum - in its temporary exhibitions as well as its new permanent exhibition ”The Human Being”. The temporary exhibition ”Gene Worlds - Workshop Man?” which will be on until the end of the year is exemplary for the means of conveyance the German Hygiene Museum has developed. The advantages inherent in the information field of exhibition - intensity of the senses, three-dimensionality, medial variety - are used to bring highly complicated and nondescriptive facts to the point and make them conceivable. The new permanent exhibition which is to be realised in several stages until the year 2002 will take up this style. The theme of this exhibition is the body as an access to the dimensions of the human.

The exhibition will not amount to medical-biological explanations, but also direct the view of the visitor to culturally relevant aspects of humanity. ”The Human Being” shall be an exhibition which conveys scientific knowledge in a narrative and playful way so that the visitor will be inspired to ask further questions and to continue thinking - even after he has left the exhibition. ”Enacted science” is a scientifically, artistically and didactically conclusive connection of information and design which is discovered by the visitor not being a passive observer, but a playfully acting person.

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