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African Art ReframedReflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture$
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Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J. R. Osborn

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043277

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043277.001.0001

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The Theory and Method of Unmixing

The Theory and Method of Unmixing

(p.237) Chapter 6 The Theory and Method of Unmixing
African Art Reframed

Bennetta Jules-Rosette

J.R. Osborn

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the theory and method of unmixing. Unmixing entails the location and separation of semiotic elements that compose an artwork to enable curatorial contextualization, artistic interpretation, and audience perception. These elements may then be activated in digital workstations. By interacting with the stations, audiences learn about the composition and internal structure of artworks. The chapter examines precursors to unmixing, differentiates the method from practices of remix, and presents case studies of unmixed paintings and exhibitions. Unmixing workstations, and digital models more broadly, provide an opportunity to bring artifacts into the realm of experiential learning. Digital copies can be combined and recombined while preserving the authenticity of the original. The unmixing platform provides a valuable interactive learning tool for museumgoers of all ages.

Keywords:   unmixing, curatorial contextualization, audience perception, remix, digital models, experiential learning, interactive learning tool

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