The Between Interest And Action

2188 Words Jan 11th, 2015 9 Pages
The definition of provocation in dictionary is an action or speech that makes someone angry or causes a strong reaction. However, in Tilden’s opinion, the purpose of interpretation is not to control people’s mind, but rather inspiriting visitors to think actively and find out deeper truth. Specifically, there are two main aims of interpretation. First and most important, people need to have desire to increase interests and acquire knowledge. People’s interest is an important element to decide not only whether they like to go to museums or not and the topic and trend of exhibition in the museum, but also what visitors can gain and their feeling of experience in the museum. There is a close relationship between interest and action. Nearly 98 percent visitors go to the museums with highly or moderately interest, only 2 percent people who visit museums because of their friends who are museumgoers. Interest of individuals can make people go to museum actively. After all, it is likely that people go to museums in order to confirm pre-existing thinking rather then to construct a new building of knowledge. Introducing the prior knowledge is to motivate people to have interests to visit. Thus, only provocation can increase people’s interest to go to museum but not instruction.

The second aim is to explore deeper value and truth, which hide behind what interpreters are showing for visitors. Visitors should have their own judgment and attitude towards interpretation. Thinking…
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