Espaço do Conhecimento – UFMG (Knowledge Space) is one of the museums of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The space has a planetarium, an astronomical observatory and a long-term exposure, entitled “Demasiado Humano” (All too Human). This exhibition presents to the public the origin of life and the trajectory of the human being on earth, through a multidisciplinary vision, involving various fields of knowledge. Phrases from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and from the writer Jorge Luis Borges were inserted into the beginning of the exhibition, in order to emphasize the unfinished nature of human knowledge. Through the texts on the exhibits, however, the scientific discoveries are presented as incontestable truths, and the exhibition by itself, that has no hands-on activity, does not provide the visitor with a contact with the critical nature of science, with its unpredictability and uncertainty. Such scenario presents itself as a big challenge for the mediator who works in the museum. Thus, our proposal is that the process of mediation should, firstly, include the visitant as a protagonist, and it should also try to reproduce the scientific scenario: it should be 1) subject to constant experimentation, unpredictability and uncertainty; 2) susceptible to modifications; 3) generator of new knowledge; and 4) always permeated with the inventive character of science. From such premise, we have designed the proposal of the educational work for this museum. The strategies adopted, as well as the failures and progress will be presented. We intend to list some points that guide this work, with some conceptions of thoughts from the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, such as “rhizome” and “becoming”, that could theoretically support our proposal.

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An experience report of museum education
The contribution of gilles delouse

Débora Reis   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Juliana Prochnow   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

João Akerman   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Espaço do Conhecimento – UFMG (Knowledge Space) is one of the museums of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The space has a planetarium, an astronomical observatory and a long-term exposure, entitled “Demasiado Humano” (All too Human). This exhibition presents to the public the origin of life and the trajectory of the human being on earth, through a multidisciplinary vision, involving various fields of knowledge. Phrases from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and from the writer Jorge Luis Borges were inserted into the beginning of the exhibition, in order to emphasize the unfinished nature of human knowledge. Through the texts on the exhibits, however, the scientific discoveries are presented as incontestable truths, and the exhibition by itself, that has no hands-on activity, does not provide the visitor with a contact with the critical nature of science, with its unpredictability and uncertainty. Such scenario presents itself as a big challenge for the mediator who works in the museum. Thus, our proposal is that the process of mediation should, firstly, include the visitant as a protagonist, and it should also try to reproduce the scientific scenario: it should be 1) subject to constant experimentation, unpredictability and uncertainty; 2) susceptible to modifications; 3) generator of new knowledge; and 4) always permeated with the inventive character of science. From such premise, we have designed the proposal of the educational work for this museum. The strategies adopted, as well as the failures and progress will be presented. We intend to list some points that guide this work, with some conceptions of thoughts from the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, such as “rhizome” and “becoming”, that could theoretically support our proposal.

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