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Marleen Hartjes is project leader accessibility and inclusion at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and was responsible for the multi sensory design of the new collection presentation Delinking Relinking is collaboration with a dream team of art experts with disabilities. In the past 12 years she was responsible for the museum accessibility and outreach programs for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, visitors with aphasia or dementia and sensory friendly museum visits for visitors with autism, acquired brain injury and burn outs. She implemented a museum robot and brought the collection digitally to over 800 care homes and libraries with the Unforgettable Museum Table.
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.