Thursday, Panel 2, 201 GRAUBALLEMANDEN 14:30 - 16:45


All presentations in this panel:

  • Accessibility to Place and Works of Art through Multisensory Experience, Karen Bergman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

  • The Science of Enjoyment, Niels Kristian Egense Møller, Moesgaard Museum, Højbjerg, Denmark

Accessibility to Place and Works of Art through Multisensory Experience

Karen Bergman

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA


Keywords: accessibility, inclusion, design, community

Toward the aim of increasing accessibility, this workshop will provide tools for designing and developing programs, content, and experiences for inclusion. Through the lens of the Mind’s Eye program for participants who are blind or have low vision, which began at the Guggenheim Museum in 2008, we’ll explore together how to build content with and for specific audiences with disabilities. Examples will be given for better serving various audiences through both in-person and virtual programs and learnings that took place while hosting programs on various platforms during the pandemic and beyond. Additionally, we’ll discuss designing museum content for visitors with disabilities that empowers individualized experience in museums, including through audio tracks such as verbal descriptions of collection work as well as the audio project “Mind’s Eye: A Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York.” We’ll also touch on hands-on responsive interpretive spaces, and, above all, how inclusive and human-centered design benefits everyone.

Presentation Karen Bergman

The Science of Enjoyment

Niels Kristian Egense Møller

Moesgaard Museum, Højbjerg, Denmark

The brain is a wonderful machine, and like all machines it can be manipulated. From pedagogues to demagogues the human brain and, in part, human feelings have been targets for manipulation, misuse, and abuse. The science of HOW this happens has its root in both pseudo-science and real, but with increased funding from governments, universities, and marketing departments, knowledge of the brain, and research in it, has spread further afield. Now psychologists have hard science to back up their findings and results. Pedagogues have proof of inner workings. Educators knows what makes students motivated. There is still a multitude of problems and puzzlements with and about the brain, and we still don’t know all its secrets, but we know what makes it feel good!

During this talk museum educator Niels Kristian E. Moeller will take you through a full range of discoveries and tools to facilitate fun, fear, and learning in students, visitors, and co-workers alike!

Presentation Niels Kristian Egense Møller