The Museum Today: Towards a Participatory and Emancipated Heterology
Em: Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
Foucault had the foresight to point out the existence of “other spaces” of power and to include the museum as one of the examples of these counter-places that are heterotopias. Assuming its current crisis situation in a constructive, positive way, the museum may declare itself as a heterotopic space, that is, a place of emancipation where new regimes of visibility and sensitivity are shared. Endowed with its own space-time, crossed by the multiplicity of the viewer’s voices, the museum can assert itself today as a common, participatory heterotopy; as a space of collective knowledge resulting from the actions of emancipated viewers.