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aMuze! Interactive Dialogue System Connects Visitors to a Multi-institution Exhibit on Racial Biology

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aMuze! Interactive was tapped by a consortium of knowledge- and cultural institutions, including Living History Forum, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Swedish National Traveling Exhibit Agency, to provide an interactive platform for visitor dialogue in an exhibition about racial biology and other pseudo-scientific forms of classification and discrimination. 

The exhibition, "(In)human" – designed by Swedish Traveling Exhibitions, and based on the research and collections of Stockholm’s Ethnographic Museum and Living History Forum – opened on April 14th. It will run simultaneously at the two institutions through Spring 2011, and then travel to museums throughout the country.

"(In)human" examines the period of time when museums and other scientific organizations sent out expeditions to collect bones and skulls from so-called "primitive" cultures; when the notion of racial biology was generally accepted, and people were categorized and condemned in the name of "science."

The aMuze! Interactive Dialogue System empowers visitors at the participating institutions to engage in a discussion of the issues raised by the exhibitions, where they can make their views known and see how others think. 

Comprising touch screen stations, hand-held units, and a web interface, the Dialogue System provides a thought-provoking experience for all visitors: individuals, school classes and other groups, as well as virtual guests. The museums will be able to share the data generated from the choices visitors make, and analyze the results, which are stored in their web-based aMuze! Content Management System. 

The Ethnographic Museum seeks to expand the perceptions of various life styles and cultures worldwide. With its abundant collections and their diverse and well-documented provenance, the museum strives to offer knowledge and perspectives for reflection on what it means to be human.

The Living History Forum is a Swedish public authority which, using the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as a starting point, addresses issues concerning tolerance, democracy and human rights from both a national and international perspective.

Swedish Traveling Exhibitions is Sweden’s national traveling exhibition agency. In partnership with other museums and groups, its mission is to build and tour exhibitions that help people to understand and influence their own time.

Based in Washington, DC and Stockholm, Sweden, aMuze! Interactive provides extended visitor experiences for museums and heritage sites, science centers and aquariums, conferences and trade shows, and other cultural and knowledge attractions.

 

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