ISSN: 17435234
First published in 2005
3 issues per volume
Volume 8 Issue 3
Cover Date: October 2012
Catch and release: Artworks inspiring insight into environmental issues
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Authors:  Ruth Beer And  Kit Grauer 
DOI: 10.1386/eta.8.3.349_7

Keywords
informal learning,arts-based research,pedagogy,artist/museum collaborations,socially-engaged new media,environmental interactive art

Abstract
‘Catch+Release’ is a Canadian government-funded research and creation project of interactive new media artworks produced by a team of artists, educators and designers in collaboration with Parks Canada’s Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Its exhibition component addresses marine environments and coastal communities that once relied on the fishing industry. Through viewer engagement with the artworks, within the context of the museum, the exhibition fosters awareness of the region’s social history and contemporary cultural conditions – ‘catching’ stories and ‘releasing’ stories into the public sphere. The aesthetic and pedagogical strategies for promoting sensory, experiential, participatory learning opportunities and critical engagement, acknowledge the museum as an important informal educational site in its role as custodian, maker of meaning and source of regional identity. The exhibition’s themes resonate globally in coastal communities that share challenges in adapting to (g)local ci cumstances of cultural and geographic transitions due to the demise of fishing industries.
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