From the Times Arts section today, another typical whingey post about the government-encouraged access policy to museums and galleries for your perusal. I really have nothing much to say about this, only that I have a fundamental question... what is wrong with different people wanting to get different things from art? If I want to go to a blockbuster exhibition to run round in 20 minutes to have a look then why not? To be honest, I have stood in front of a great painting and still found nothing to interest me after ten minutes of staring then the first 'gut instinct' impression I had when approaching it. If I have a whinge then it is the horrible reverential silence which accommpanies most visits to an art gallery, the fear that if you raise your voice above a whisper or even laugh that you will be escorted from the gallery for having too much fun. When after all there is so much that is absurd about visiting an art gallery - why do we go and stare at a representation of the world when the real thing is out there waiting for us to go and see for 'real'? LOL
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.