Daniel Baker

Technologies of encounter: the travel narrative and the materiality of museum display

Chelsea College of Art

My research is a practice-based exploration of how the modes and methods of display within the ethnographic museum might be reconfigured to provoke or encourage encounters that reflect, excavate or interrogate the complex histories of encounter that ‘ethnographic’ objects have witnessed, produced or emerged from. 

I am developing a series of practical methodologies for experimental curatorial practice within the ethnographic museum that draw upon the practice and history of Fine Art to renegotiate the disciplinary restraints of anthropology and museology. The central focus of the work is materials and narratives relating to Pacific voyages in the 18th century, particularly those of Captain Cook.


Professor Neil Cummings

Dr Dan Smith