Longing for human contact: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on research about interactive museums

Track:
UNDER LOCKDOWN/IN THE WAKE OF COVID II
What:
Talk
When:
11:30, Thursday 6 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
1
Fernanda Silva Freitas, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil


Since March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world, affecting our lives in different ways. With scientific research it was no different. While some felt the impacts in the first few months, others found themselves stuck and looking for new options months later. This provides us a time horizon that can be analyzed. The impact caused by social isolation and opening restrictions became even more visible on research based on the individual's experience in spaces and perception. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to understand the impacts of the pandemic in the methodological definition and field research stages in investigations about perception in interactive museums. From a personal experience, dialoguing with contributions from other researchers, we seek to reaffirm the importance of on-site research for investigations of this nature. Simultaneously, the present work seeks to raise possibilities for adapting methodologies for the virtual world. In addition, the impact of adaptations made by different museums to receive visitors respecting the new standards of social distancing and hygiene, will inevitably lead to a transformation of the spatial experience and that will also appear in the results of research on the individual's experience in space and perception.


Presenter
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais