Stories on the go

  • Karen Hvidtfeldt Madsen Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M
Keywords: Cultural heritage, museum communication, participation, apps, experience economy

Abstract

The article focuses on 1001 Stories of Denmark: an internet site and a mobile app that collects and displays stories and visual material connected to places all over Denmark. This site offers a “social media-like” communication frame with various levels of participation. But in reality, 1001 stories of Denmark is mainly a one-to-many dissemination of expert knowledge, and actual user participation is limited. However, the site does host user-generated material, e.g. a number of amateurish videos and stories that often do not follow the guidelines, but in some cases construct willful and affective narratives. I argue that these videos and stories demonstrate the potential of mobile and digital cultural heritage sites; however, it requires strategic initiatives and long-term engagement from museums and cultural institutions to create and maintain the level of the dialogue and participation.

Author Biography

Karen Hvidtfeldt Madsen, Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Associate Professor

Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55, 5230  Odense M

Published
2014-11-09
How to Cite
Madsen, K. (2014). Stories on the go. Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.7146/tjcp.v1i1.18605