Exhibition experiments […] are intended to be troubling. Experimentalism is not just a matter of style or novel forms of presentation. Rather, it is a risky process of assembling people and things with the intention of producing differences that make a difference. In their production of something new, experiments seek to unsettle accepted knowledge or the status quo.

But experiments can go wrong. They may turn out to be not troubling in the ways that were intended, or, indeed, not troubling at all. They may make little difference. Equally, trying to create experimental exhibitions may itself generate troubles – practically, institutionally, and politically.

Basu, Paul u. Macdonald, Sharon (2007): Introduction: Experiments in Exhibition, Ethnography, Art and Science. In: Paul Basu u. Sharon Macdonald (Hg.), Exhibition Experiments. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, S. 17.