Mediating and Immediating at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The prologue reflects on the relationship of conventional museum curatorial practice to Smithsonian Folklife Festival curatorial practices. In particular, it examines the multiple mediations in which Festival curators are involved and the process of “presenting” artists and participants to the public. It raises questions about the perils of objectification of artists within these “living exhibitions” and argues for dialogic approaches to developing Festival programs that incorporate participatory or community curation.
Keywords: Community Curation, Dialogic Museums (dialogism, dialogic), Mediation (Festival mediation; mediating culture), Objectification, Participatory Curation