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Barbara Strating works at Maastricht University as a curator of lectures, debates and exhibitions. She has a background in philosophy and cultural studies and is particularly interested in philosophical aesthetics, phenomenology and especially the use of the secondary senses, such as taste, smell and touch. She is hard of hearing and has a visual impairment. She was one of the members of the dream team at the Van Abbemuseum that took part in the design process of the new inclusive and multi sensory collection presentation Delinking and Relinking.
What can museums learn from visitors with disabilities? How does their experience and expertise reshape the way we understand art? Can it enrich the experience for every visitor? The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) is a museum for contemporary art and has been working on inclusion for years. But their new collection presentation Delinking and Relinking challenged their way of working drastically. Marleen Hartjes shares the insights in this inclusive design process where the senses and polyphonic storytelling play a key role.