Imaginibus is about playing in museums.
This is a place to explore new ways of creatively engaging with culture. With a focus on visiting museums with different lenses, I am constantly experimenting with new ways to use museums as playgrounds and laboratories. Imaginibus celebrates museums as places that, like art and friendship, have "no survival value; rather [they are some] of those things which give value to survival" (C.S. Lewis).
This blog is born out of a desire to not only get me in museums more often, but also to get you in museums more often. I hope that you will be inspired to go out and use your imagination in your local cultural institutions.
I'm Marina Gross-Hoy, an American working on a Museum Studies PhD in Montréal. I take playing in museums very seriously.
I lived in beautiful Paris for five years, completing a master's at the École du Louvre and working a pretty neat job for the education team at the Agence France-Muséums, the French agency charged with assisting in the creation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. I moved to Montréal in 2015 and started a PhD program in Museum Studies in this September. My favorite part about my studies and professional work has been encouraging people to use their imaginations in museums. I think play and curiosity are some of the most important skills to develop in order to live a worthwhile life.
In my spare time, I have a flair for the crafty. I enjoy playing with papier-mâché, my camera (photography + videography), clay, ribbons, stationary, and calligraphy. I also enjoy strumming my ukulele and exploring Montréal's parks with my ironically museum-phobic husband.
About the name
On a trip to Dublin, I visited the Trinity College Library. As I looked around the massive Long Room, a word in Latin inscribed on the wall jumped out at me: IMAGINIBUS. I immediately wrote it down, assuming it was a combination of two of my favorite things: imagination and buses.
While I have since learned that this is not an accurate translation of the Latin, the word IMAGINIBUS has come to represent imagination and creativity and curiosity and silliness and confusion and fun.
marina @ imaginibus.com
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