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Love, Sex and Spaces of Consumption: An exploration of Love Hotels & Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the Leisure Society: One Space Two Approaches


Speaker:Andrew Maclaren and Babak Taheri, Heriot-Watt University
Date: Friday 7 March 2014
Time: 3.00 pm
Location: Streatham Court C

Further details

1) This seminar is based on a paper that explores the consumption of love motels in Taiwan and how the product is causing an industry to boom and for consumption habits to evolve. From love hotels in the Far East to the nature of space in hotel products, the seminar will explore space and the experience economy. 2) Our contemporary society – at least explicitly in more economically developed contexts in urban spaces – is becoming a leisure society. Leisure activities provide us with moments of excitement, engagement, creativity, escapism, learning, socialising, fun and play and the like. Today’s leisure driven society has forced museums not only to concentrate on the education of their visitors, but also to entertain their audiences in order to successfully compete with the growing variety of available entertainment facilities, such as computer games, smartphones, cinemas, theme parks and live shows, in the world around them. This evolution means that museums should undergo constant metamorphoses. Museums are allocating more resources to participatory experiences space for engagement and socialisation) than they had previously put towards traditional singular exhibits. A key question for museums is how to provide infrequent visitors with a ‘wow experience’ rather than concentrate on repeat visitors.