Welcome to a project on museums for cultural citizens

(To BROWSE this site, you can use two main strategies:

1. In order to address the main site pages sorted by their main sections hierarchically, click on the links in light blue located at this site's TABLE OF CONTENTS, which lies in the left column;  or else touch the link to the Site Map, which is the last link in the Table of Contents.

2. To consult the ideas and concepts central to this site, go to SOCIAL SEMANTIC INDEX, sorted by keywords. Clicking on the links for each keyword, you may find its explanation and additional information on the respective web page. Within the semantic index, you can also learn about the meanings associated with the colors of this site. In other words, this site on social sciences of art or on art of social sciences is, in itself, a social, scientific and artistic site, but also a SOCIAL SEMANTIC SITE. What this means is explained in the next page).


© 2011 Site conceived and constructed  by Pedro  Andrade

Imagens de museus

        (In general, in this site click on the images to enlarge them and see details. In the picture above you can notice some of the social spaces and times of public communication of art at contemporary museums)


        This site in cyberspace and in cybertime, aims to present a RESEARCH PROJECT entitled Public Communication Art (CPA): The Case of Global and Local Museums, developed at Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Linguagens, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Centre for Communication and Languages Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon), Portugal and subventioned by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology) (Ref. No.: PTDC/CCI/68595/2006).

         Although it is not feasible to show here all the achievements of the project, many of its mentions or references are expressed in the form of text, images, videos, links, etc.. within the various pages of this site.

       This strategy introduces the OPEN RESEARCH, which can be defined as a critical reception and production of research, concerning multiple dimensions of social reality, as the following ones: 

        (a) an heuristic posture regarding several KNOWLEDGE AREAS that are collateral but complementary to a central theme, in this case ‘public communication of art’; 

        (b) sharing with researchers and ORDINARY CITIZENS around the world; 

        (c) discussion of various theories, ONTOLOGIES and COMMON CONCEPTUALIZATIONS made by common citizens, as tags in a blog; 

        (d) development of innovative METHODOLOGIES

        (e) excursion to a maximum of EMPIRICAL FIELDS in the world, even if by digital and virtual means; 

        (f) mobilization for all possible DEBATES: economic, ecological, political, social, cultural, etc.. 

        Some of the most relevant instruments to implement open research are SOCIAL SEMANTIC SITES







        Among other instruments, SOCIAL SEMANTIC SITES use ART INTERACTIVE WINDOWS
       Below, you can consult two of the main world museums.


- consult interactively art content (through links, buttons, etc.)
-  watch continuously renewed daily information.
- focus in a specific content, directly visible in the window.
- scroll horizontally and vertically, to see adjacent content.

Musée du Louvre

         Thus, the research carried out by project Public Communication of Arts (CPA) and reported here, is constantly articulated, through the internet, with new data on the global cultural reality, within an OPEN RESEARCH.      

British Museum



Other example: this page recommends, in the window below, the Art Project Site, an interactive site for a GLOBAL VISIT TO VIRTUAL MUSEUMS (below).

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Or, go directly to Art Project Site, follow these links:




                               FIELD SOCIOLOGY 

In terms of EMPIRICAL RESEARCH, and in order to get to know some of the fieldwork carried out by project CPA, along with theoretical reflection, for example see the exploratory video 'The Visit', held at Serralves Museum (Oporto, Portugal), some monthes before the beginning of this project in 2007. This video is hosted a University of Austin, Texas, USA.