2018 Session Description

The Museum of Me

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Creating
Maximum Participants: 20
Thursday 1:30pm • Court 4
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Museums are places filled with treasured objects, consciously curated and carefully presented to inspire, connect and engage. In some ways, we are all like a museum — a ‘Museum of Me’ — mindfully curating our own life choices in the process of becoming who we are; the books we read, the places we go, the things we do. But how authentic are these Museums of Me? To what extent are they, like many of the Museums I work with, stuck in a rut?

I’ve been pondering on how I might persuade Museums to re-imagine how they present and share their stories in more human, more imaginative ways. Then I got to thinking, might we all benefit from a little un-thinking in the way we present and share our stories? Might we then reveal our deeper authentic selves, surfacing the undiscovered treasures that lie therein?

The Museum of Me is an experiment in radical self-curation that might throw fresh light onto what is possible.

Although this is a 90-minute session, there will be an optional second session for those who want to do further work on their own Museum of Me.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Explore what your Museum of Me currently looks and feels like and find the areas of ‘stuck-ness’
  • Express yourself in a totally new way to reveal the previously un-articulated you
  • Experience the joy of sharing your personal Museum of Me with the Mindcamp community

Session image by Louise C. Fenne, Used with kind permission.

Lisa Baxter
Halifax, UK

Hello. I’m an audience champion, working in the arts and cultural sector to reframe their thinking about what really matters — not ‘the art’ but the human experiences of the art — the emotions, feelings, meanings and impacts that surface. My quest is to make a difference. My goal is to inspire empathy and ‘tool up’ the sector with the practices to make that difference. My methods are perceived as ‘mad’ and ‘dubious’ by the heavily institutionalised. I persist.

This is Lisa’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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