CREATING MAMI WATA: An Interactive, Sensory Exhibition
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2012
© 2012 by the American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved.
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 49–57, Spring 2012
How to Cite
Drewal, H. J. (2012), CREATING MAMI WATA: An Interactive, Sensory Exhibition. Museum Anthropology, 35: 49–57. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1379.2012.01121.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2012
In Africa and its diasporas, call and response is an enduring and widespread interactive performance tradition. To encourage such interactive, dialogic activity between audiences and objects in a museum, as guest curator of Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas I devised a number of exhibition strategies to create an exhibition as interactive and multisensorial as possible, using a theoretical and methodological approach I term sensiotics. This essay details various interactive dimensions and the importance of sensory experience, including notions of “re-creation,” “re-membering,” and “re-presentation,” and the challenges and objectives of this effort to engage and enlighten audiences.