With this posting, we are beginning our Blog adventure here at Chora. We would like to use this space to explore issues and themes in cultural education, more specifically museums. For the past forty years of so, we have tried to inform and infuse our museum practice with theory; from psychoanalytic theoretical models of memory and mourning, to anthropological models of identity, ritual, and ideology. Response to this style of work has ranged from infuriating to intriguing. Wherever you might fall on that scale of interest, we hope to engage you in some lively professional ponderings and maybe some new ways of thinking about how we conduct and critique our work. Over the years, we have found too little of this type of theoretical discourse in the development of the field of museology with most of this discourse occurring in academic settings and publications. The emergence of this type of open source medium gives us the opportunity to broaden the discussion and hopefully deepen the ways of thinking about what we do as professionals. Who knows, with enough cogency and thought we may move the profession from the practice-centered Museum Studies and Arts Administration degrees to true Phd programs grounded in sound theory and philosophy. So we invite you to watch this space, follow us on twitter, and even become a guest blogger with us. As you know, the core impact of this type of new social space is not to change the ways we interface with content, but the ways we interface with each other.
Maria Elena Gutierrez, Heather Rostker, and Robert “Sully” Sullivan.